Easter Cake (Пасхальный кулич)

Submitted by:
Anastasia Grigoryeva, Dresden, Germany
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Ingredients

60g fresh yeast
700g wheat flour
3 eggs
300ml milk
100g butter
250g sugar
5g vanilla
100g raisins
100g dried apricots
Salt

1. Prepare the ingredients for the kulich. Raisins, dried apricots (you can also use other dried fruits as desired) are washed thoroughly, poured over with boiling water and left to swell for 15 minutes. After the specified time, drain the water, dried fruit dry. Cut the dried fruit into small cubes.

2. Put the pressed yeast in a bowl and allow it to come to room temperature. So if it has been stored in the refrigerator or freezer, take it out beforehand and let it warm up. Grind a piece of yeast with a fork or spoon to a mushy mass. Heat the milk to 36 degrees and pour into a bowl with the yeast, add a tablespoon of sugar and stir the mixture. Put the bowl with the mixture in a warm place for 15 minutes.

3. Beat the eggs with a fork in a separate bowl with the remaining sugar, salt and vanilla. Pour in the melted butter, cooled to room temperature. Stir to combine.

4. After the specified time, the yeast mixture should be frothy on the surface, which means that the yeast has been activated and everything has been done correctly. Pour the resulting egg and butter mixture into the bowl with the yeast mixture. Stir again until the mixture is homogenous in consistency.

5. Now add the sifted wheat flour in batches. Stir the mixture each time with a spoon. At the same time, add the raisins and dried apricots rolled in flour.

6. When the dough is difficult to knead with a spoon, turn out onto a floured work surface and continue to knead with your hands until smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a bowl, cover with a towel and leave in a warm place for 1½ hours. After this time, knead the dough and leave for another 1 hour.

7. Proceed to prepare the kuliches. You can use any kind of cake tin: paper, silicone or metal. Grease the sides and bottom of the tin with butter and fill no more than half way with dough. Place the loaves in a warm place for 15 minutes to prove.

8. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and bake the cakes for about 40 minutes. However, the baking time depends on how the oven works and the size of the cakes. Check whether the kuliches are ready with a wooden stick. Meanwhile you can prepare icing for the cakes. You can cover the cakes with any kind of cream.

9. The cakes are ready. Allow the icing on the cakes to set in the refrigerator. Serve them to the table. Bon appetit!

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