With Easter coming to Russia (May 1st, 2016) everyone is getting ready to bake Kulich. The Kulich preparation starts several days before Easter. Kulich can contain candied fruit, almonds, and raisins, sometimes flavored with rum and saffron, and prepared like a bread. It most always baked in a special kind of pan – tall and cylindrical, sort of like a coffee can. When the cake was done, it was decorated with white frosting drizzled down the sides. On the side, spelled out in pieces of candied fruit, were the letters XB, representing the Cyrillic letters for “Christos voskres” or “Christ is risen.”
So we are going to make a much simpler version and it still is quite good. Of course there are 48,000,000 + Kulich recipes, in which to delight your senses…
Therefore lets try this one…
1 cup of milk
1 cup of sour-cream
1 cup of eggs
1 cup of sugar
2 ounces of yeast
1 cup raisins
Flour — as much as it takes to make thick elastic dough
Optional — (lemon peel,blanched almonds,candied fruits,dark rum,1 tsp.vanilla)
Mix all the ingredients well in a large bowl. Fill as many coffee can type forms with greased sides as you want to have cakes, but make them only a third full to allow for expansion.
Let the third full coffee cans sit for 45 minuets in warm area covered with clean cloth.
Then bake up to an hour at around 300 – 350 degrees F (160 – 180 C.) or about until golden brown and a test knife or toothpick comes out clean not wet.
– 500 ml (2 cups) icing sugar
– 4 tbsp. cold water
– 2 tsp. lemon juice
Mix well in bowl and dribble down the top and sides of the cooled cake or pie after removal from coffee can container.
Eat – YUMMY!