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Easter Bread Recipe in a Bread Machine with Icing (Paska)

Easter bread, also known as Paski is traditional bread my family does each Easter holiday. Take a day with your loved ones to make this yummy, soft breads.
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This classic Easter recipe is shared and loved by many Russians and Ukrainians. Paski is a deliciously soft bread that tastes amazing as is or acts as the perfect base for other recipes like French Toast.

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Holiday food is special. It tastes divine. Every dish on the table is tempting. Our Easter dinner table is always full of delicious foods but it is never complete without Paski. 

Paski is the perfect bread to serve during the holidays. It pairs well with everything. It is delicious all by itself. And it comes into existence with some effort. 

Don’t let that steer you away though, because this Easter bread is well worth the time, I promise. These round-shaped, raisin-filled sweetbreads are melt-in-your-mouth yummy.

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What do I need to make the bread?

  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100g unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 Tbsp oil (any oil other than olive oil)
  • 1 Tbsp dry active yeast
  • 1 pinch of vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • a handful of raisins (optional)

What do I need to make the frosting?

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups of icing sugar
  • Sprinkles
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Tips to make the perfect Paska bread

  • Use a bread machine, if you have one. It’ll help cut the time and form the perfect dough.
  • When choosing your flour, try reaching for Canadian flour. Canadian flour is my go-to for so many recipes.
  • Soak your raisins – this gives them a softer, fluffier texture.
  • Add your raisins in after the dough is formed.
  • If you don’t have an Easter bread mold (I didn’t), you can line oven-safe pots with parchment paper as I did. 
  • Wait until your bread is completely cool to pour on your icing. Otherwise, the icing will melt off and be quite transparent. You won’t get that pretty finish.

Paska is very special in my home and is an absolute must for Easter. I hope you give this recipe a try for your next holiday, or on any day really. It is always a treat.

Other sweet recipes you’ll love:

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Easter Bread Recipe in a Bread Machine with Icing (Paska)

Easter bread, also known as Paski is traditional bread my family does each Easter holiday. Take a day with your loved ones to make this yummy, soft breads.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Breads, Russian
Allergy: Nut Free, Vegetarian
Total Time: 3 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 411kcal

Equipment

  • Bread machine
  • Pots
  • Pans
  • parchment paper
  • hand mixer
  • Cake spatula

Ingredients

  • cups milk, warm
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100 g unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ Tbsp oil, light oil
  • 1 Tbsp dry active yeast
  • 1 pinch vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • sprinkles

Instructions

  • In a bread machine bucket, combine all of the bread ingredients except for the raisins. 1¼ cups warm milk, 2 Tbsp sour cream, 2 large whole eggs, 100 g unsalted butter, melted ¼ cup sugar, ½ Tbsp oil (like oil like vegetable oil or light olive oil) 1 Tbsp dry active yeast, 1 pinch vanilla, 4 cups flour
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  • Turn your bread machine on "dough". This will work the dough for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
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  • Meanwhile, prepare your pots or pans by lining with parchment paper. If you choose to add raisins, do so by hand, before placing the dough in baking containers.
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  • Divide the dough between the two pots and let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes, it will rise just a bit more.
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  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Place the two pots of dough into the oven for 40 minutes.
  • Beat 2 egg whites for 2 minutes or until it becomes white and fluffy.
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  • Add in 1 cup of icing sugar and combine.
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  • Pour the frosting over the cooled easter bread and top with rainbow sprinkles. Happy Easter!
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Nutrition

Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 368IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3mg

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