Paska bread is commonly made during Easter in countries of Eastern Europe. Paska is made with flour, milk, butter, egg, and sugar. The name Paska(Ukrainian) comes from Pesakh or Passover from Hebrew.
This bread is very soft and mildly sweet. The cardamom powder turns the bread very aromatic and flavorful. We enjoyed eating it for breakfast and as a tea-time snack.
- All-purpose flour - 2 cups + few tbsp more
- Milk - 1/2 cup
- Unsalted butter (softened)- 8 tbsp + 1 tsp (for brushing on baked bread)
- Sugar - 1/4 cup
- Egg - 1
- Instant Yeast - 1 tsp
- Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
- Raisins - 1 cup
- Salt - 1 tsp
- Oil for greasing the baking dish
- Microwave the milk for few seconds to make it lukewarm. Care should be taken not to overheat the milk.
- Add yeast and sugar to the milk and set aside for 5 minutes to activate the yeast.
- Take softened butter in a large mixing bowl. Add an egg and mix well.
- Add the activated yeast mixture to it and whisk well till everything is well combined.
- In another bowl, mix in the dry ingredients - flour, cardamom powder, salt and raisins.
- Add the dry ingredients to the yeast-butter mixture and fold it gently.
- Knead the dough for 10 minutes.
- Grease a round baking pan(6 inches) with little oil and transfer the dough into it. Allow it to rise for 3 hours.
- Bake it at 350° F(180°C) in a preheated oven for 45 minutes.
- Cool the cake for 15 minutes and remove it from the baking pan. Apply a teaspoon of butter on baked bread to keep it moist.