So, although I've make kulichi probably at least ten times in my life I'm still learning a lot. This time my lessons were:
1. Be patient!
2. Check the yeast to see if it's active.
|The results of the kulich baking day. The tops are cracked and ugly, but they taste good!|
6-6½ cups flour
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp. yeast
¾ cup sugar
5 large eggs
½ cup butter
1 tbsp. lemon zest
1 cup raisins (optional - I didn't use)
Set butter out to soften. Scald cream and blend into 1 cup flour. Let cool to lukewarm. Dissolve yeast in a little waster and add to lukewarm cream and flour mixture. Separate eggs, putting whiles into a medium sized bowl and set aside. Add ½ cup sugar and the salt to the egg yolks and stir into flour mixture. Beat egg whites until stiff and add remaining sugar (¼ cup). Fold egg whites into flour/yolk mixture. Place bowl in warm place and let rise until full of bubbles (about 30 minutes). Add lemon zest and softened butter to the mixture after it has risen. Add enough more flour to make a dough that can be easily kneaded and knead well, about 10 to 15 minutes.
Place in a buttered bowl, cover, and let rise about 1 hour or until doubled in size. Punch down and add raisins, if using. Divide into four equal portions and place each in a greased 1 lb coffee can (Note: we lined our cans with parchment paper instead of greasing). Cover cans and let rise one more hour. Bake 350° for ½ hour to 45 minutes. If tops begin to brown too quickly, cover with foil and continue baking. Immediately after baking, remove breads from cans and cool.
Today I wanted something sweet so I decided to make tapioca pudding. Here is my recipe:
Lenten Tapioca Pudding
|The assembled ingredients minus the salt, vanilla, and almond milk|
⅓ cup sugar
3 tbsp. minute tapioca
½ tsp. salt
1 can coconut milk
1 cup almond milk
1 cup raisins or other dried fruit
1 tsp. vanilla extract
In a medium sauce pan, whisk together sugar, tapioca, salt, coconut milk, and almond milk. Slowly bring to a boil over medium high heat, whisking constantly. When it comes to a full boil, remove from heat and add the vanilla and fruit. Pour into a nice dish to set. Let cool for about an hour.
|The final product!|
And as always, I've got to include a photo of my little girl. I had mentioned in a previous post about how she fell asleep at the head table at the fundraising dinner at church a week and a half ago, but I didn't get a photo. Well, a friend of mine did catch the little snoozy baby and send me the photo: