Friday, April 2, 2010

Ukrainian Easter Bread Braid

If you have been reading my blog for awhile now then you probably know that I am Ukrainian. Today, I baked Ukrainian Easter Bread. This is not quite the way my Grandma's made it but close. On Easter I am going to have my Grandma tell me her recipe and then next year I think I will make it. If you like a lightly sweet bread you will like this...my husband loves it!
Ukrainian Easter Bread Braid

1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup golden raisins

GARNISH:
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
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If you like a glaze on your sweet bread you can mix up some cream cheese, powdered sugar and a bit of orange juice. :)

Directions
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, butter, eggs, salt and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. {yes I used my kitchen aid} Stir in raisins.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. {again, I used my kitchen aid ;) }
Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough into six portions. Shape each into a 12-in. rope. Place three ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining ropes. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
Brush with egg; sprinkle with almonds. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.


God sent His Son,
They called him Jesus.
He came to love, heal, and forgive.
He lived and died
To buy my pardon.
An empty tomb is there to prove my Savior lives!

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow;
Because He lives, all fear is gone.
Because I KNOW He holds the future
My life is worth the living
Just because... HE LIVES!!!

by Gloria & William Gaither

Happy Easter
to you and yours.

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23 sweet chicks commented here:

Beth E. said...

P.S. Happy Easter to you and your family!

Beth E. said...

Yummm...this looks delicious! As I've said before, if I lived near you, I'd weigh 500 lbs., because I'd be hanging out at your house all the time! ;-)

Did you get my email reply, asking about some of the ingredients in the Shredded Mexican Chicken recipe? I didn't see garlic powder, onion powder, or cilantro listed in the ingredients, but they were mentioned in the instructions. I just need the measurements for each ingredient...thanks!

Country Whispers said...

This sounds yummy!
Hoping you and your family have a great Easter weekend!

Goodwife said...

Yummy! That looks good! God bless and have a wonderful Easter!

jojo said...

Oh that bread looks fantastic..I am going to try it tomorrow! Have a Happy Easter...enjoy.;p

ohiofarmgirl said...

It looks so beautiful. Enjoy your Easter. Dianntha

Julie Harward said...

This is such beautiful bread...thanks for sharing it. And I KNOW HE LIVES too...I am eternally grateful to my Savior for all that he did, does do, and will yet do for me. Have a wonderful Easter weekend. :D

Rainy Day Farm said...

So yummy looking! Happy Easter.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

This looks yummy! Have a blessed Jesus-filled Easter and weekend.

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

The pictures of the bread are wonderful, we always have puska, I know I'm not spelling it right:) but it is a sweet bread also. Love it with a cup of coffee or tea.

Have a wonderful Easter and thanks for stopping by:)
Rondell

Jennifer said...

The bread looks wonderful... Happy Easter

Sweet Blessings said...

Happy Easter sweet girl to you and yours too...thanks for sharing your recipe. So smiling that you will get to spend Easter with your Grandma! May your heart be warmed as you celebrate Our Risen Lord! Sweet blessings!

wayside wanderer said...

Beautiful bread! It looks delicious. Happy Easter!

Karen said...

Your bread looks wonderful! I'm making 16 loaves of Finnish cardamom bread today, for Easter celebration for our church and my mom's church. Love your blog, I'm going to have to come back again when I have more time! Have a blessed celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, our Hope! Karen

goatmilker said...

Happy Easter to you too. The bread looks so good. I have always wanted to try this. Have a good day and thanks for stoping by my blog.

Rising Rainbow said...

It looks nummy!

Happy Easter!

Susan said...

MMM, cant wait to try this.

Happy Easter!

Wendi said...

Looks fantastic! I will be trying this soon.

Happy Easter!

Cow Pies & Mud Pies said...

That Bread looks sooooooo GOOD! Thanks so much for sharing...I sure want to try that...sometime...when I think I might have some extra time...:)

Thanks for stopping by my blog...I am having trouble keeping up my blog AND reading others!

vivian said...

oh that looks soooo good! I used to make an almond easter bread, but havent in years.
love that hymn. always one of my favorites.
Happy EASTer to you and your family! I bet your baking up a little feast today!
hugs

ClassyGal said...

The bread looks so yummy, thank you for sharing!

Kathleen said...

Oh my gosh this bread looks amazing! Wow!

Anonymous said...

Cant wait ti try it. Needs about 5 more minutes til I can get it out of the iven but it looks delicious. I subed a little bitof vanilla instead of raisins and lemon juice instead if oj for the glaze. Thanks for the recipe.