My attempt at a Kulich–Happy Easter Everyone!

Happy Easter 2017!!

I am officially over my fear of baking with yeast, so I thought that this year, it would be good to try baking the traditional Kulich, Russian Easter bread.  I was hoping to use my mom’s recipe (her mom’s and grandma’s recipes, so very special to my heart).  I would love to learn the recipe and pass it on to my children, keeping this tradition alive for at least one more generation).

Of course, nothing went as I planned.  My challenges all began, when  I fell asleep with  the kids (four kids is no joke, I am tired)  and did not get the yeast starter going overnight.

Upon waking up, I realized that I did not complete this simple task. I briefly panicked and then  did what anyone would have done–googled a recipe for Kulich.  I found one that seemed easy enough and it was from a Ukrainian blogger (yay for authenticity).  Here is the recipe:  http://natashaskitchen.com/2013/03/23/paska-easter-bread-recipe-kulich/

It was an all day process but I was prepared for that.  The outcome was not as I hoped.  My kuliches did not come out of the molds well and the taste was good but not as good as my mamas–but I could be biased.

I had a lot of dough (I should have halved the recipe) so I made cinnamon rolls and craisin rolls as well.  Those looked pretty good.

I was able to salvage some of the kulich by cutting the bottoms off–I guess live and learn and then do what your mama tells you!!

We also dyed some eggs, chicken and quail. This craft, I feel very proficient in, the torch was passed on to me, at 16.

We did the traditional Russian onion peel eggs and the food coloring kind.

I have blogged about the process of dyeing eggs in a previous post, check out it out, super easy and very pretty.  Here is a link: Happy Easter 

The girls and I had a blast, the boys were spreading cow manure on the garden beds.

Thanks for reading and Happy Easter!!

 

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