I always wanted to try a Babka recipe, to taste the difference between Paska (Ukrainian Easter Bread) and the very popular Babka. This year I finally baked Babka and everyone loved its taste and texture.The recipe is basically the same as for Paska, but it requires 2x the amount of yeast and butter, 1/2 the amount of flour, but same amount of sugar, which you may decrease to your taste.
Nutritious breakfast provides us with much needed energy to jump start our day.
Cooking breakfast from scratch, in our extremely busy lifestyle, is almost impossible on weekday mornings. However, weekends may be more relaxing, and allow extra time to prepare something special for our family.
Most Catholic Christians already celebrated Easter this year on April 21st.
However Orthodox Christians, and some Catholics whose churches still follow the Julian Calendar, will celebrate Easter this Sunday, April 28th.
I have some wonderful Jewish friends who are getting ready to celebrate the Passover Holiday.
I have previously prepared and posted several Passover recipes, but today I am providing pictures and links, for your convenience.
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.