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Pasca

Pasca is a delicious semisweet bread I love to eat and enjoy to make.  It's a tradition in my family to make it at home for Easter.  As a child I remember eating this for two weeks in a row.  In the mornings and in the evenings with hot milk or tea.  Yummy!

Bellow is the recipe for the "Pasca".

I wish you all a Happy Easter!!!  

Recipe update 2014

Ingredients:

Dough:

2 c warm Whole Milk
5 c - 6 c white Flour
6 eggs (separate the yolks from whites)
8 oz unsalted butter
2 T instant dry yeast
1 cup of sugar


2 c raisins  (mix all the spices in the raisins)
2 T lemon zest
1 T orange zest
2 T lemon juice
2 T orange juice
1/2 T grated nutmeg
2 T vanilla extract
2 T Rum

You can also add bits of chocolate or any other dried fruit you want or spices you like. 

Directions:

First wash and soak the raisins in water, about 15 min.  Drain and dry them.  Mix the raisins and the spices in a bowl.  For a stronger flavor let it sit overnight.

Combine the warm milk with 1/2c sugar and the yeast, add 2c of flour.  Whisk everything together cover the bowl and let it rise for about 30 min to an hour.

While the dough is rising, separate the egg yolks from whites.  Whisk egg yolks with the other 1/2 cup sugar. In a separate bowl mix the whites with a dash of salt until they become foamy.


To the dough add the yolks followed by the melted butter.  Knead well.  Add the remaining flour in small batches and the foamy egg whites and knead until you have a soft dough.  Let the dough rise for an hour.  When the dough has doubled in size add the spiced raisins and knead again.  Oil or butter your hands so the dough doesn't stick to your fingers.  Shape and place the breads in  the desired pans.  Let it rise in a warm place or in the oven with the light on.  I left mine overnight and baked the beautiful bread in the morning.  Bake the bread in a preheated oven to 350F for about an hour. 

Enjoy! 













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