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Russian Easter Bread Recipe

By March 18, 2009

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It wouldn't be Easter for Russians without a kulich or sweet, yeast-risen bread.

Russian Easter Bread - Kulich
Russian Easter Bread - Kulich
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In villages throughout Russia, Orthodox Christian women take their kulich to church on Easter Sunday morning to be blessed by the parish priest after services. There is good-natured rivalry as to who has the tallest bread, but it's a very solemn occasion. It was believed a home without a blessed kulich could expect some type of misfortune in the coming year. The tradition continues at many Russian Orthodox churches in the United States.

Kulich is a lot like Bohemian-Czech hoska, Polish chalka, Jewish challah or French brioche. It's an eggy, slightly sweet, yeast-risen bread studded with raisins and, sometimes, candied citrus peel. Half bread and half cake, many Easter breads of this type are braided but this one is baked in a tall kulich pan and drizzled with a flat icing. If you don't have this type of pan, a 2-pound coffee can will work just fine.


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May 15, 2010 at 2:18 am
(1) Marsha Kostman says:

All the kulich recipes I’ve found say to either use a kulich pan or a 2 pound coffee can. Today’s coffee cans are NOT usable for baking and they are no longer 2 pounds. I’ve been googling for over an hour and can’t find any bakeware site that sells Kulich pans.

Do you have a source?



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