Easter is one of my favorite holidays, because of its rich traditions. One of these is the blessing of a basket of special foods which becomes the Easter Sunday brunch, being the first meat meal, after a strict fast on Good Friday and Saturday. One of the special foods in that basket is a round shaped Easter Bread, called Paska in Ukrainian, or Babka in Polish. The top of this bread is elaborately decorated with fancy dough ornaments, having a cross as the central motif. Here is my family Paska recipe, which makes two large loaves, or several small ones.
My mom made the best homemade doughnuts, using her European recipe. Hers are so much better than the quick recipe I used before.
Every Christmas Eve my mom joined us for dinner, and always brought in a huge platter of freshly made doughnuts. We all are still reminiscing about those sweet memories….
Today I will share that recipe with you all, in memory of my mom’s baking and cooking.
I have been on the roll with testing various dinner rolls recipes to come up with a specific one, and ended up with some very tasty recipes.
The one I will be posting today has been voted as the “favorite” by my granddaughter.
I have been searching the net for a recipe to resemble specific rolls dating back to early 70’s, and my memory of summer camp in Ellenville, NY. Mrs. Kormeluk was the cook at that time, so rolls similar to these were made daily, and served with a cup of cold milk, as an afternoon snack for all the campers.
I have tried several recipes, and tested the texture and taste of these rolls with my children, who also were lucky enough to enjoy the same snack at the same camp, in the 90’s, but by that time, these were baked by Mrs. Tinio.
If you are craving some crusty, fresh bread, you will be surprised how easy it is to make it yourself without too much fuss and effort. It only takes flour, water, yeast and salt. NO KNEADING required.