The feast of the great Easter this year falls on April 15th. The Easter cake symbolizes how Christ ate bread with the disciples so that they would believe in his resurrection. Subsequently, the custom was formed - to leave bread in the temple on the feast of the Resurrection of Christ. Christians on this day decided to help the poor, orphans and the needy: to distribute consecrated food.
Cooked cakes in large quantities, enough for all the guests who come into the house.
It is customary to put a lot of eggs, sugar and butter in a kulichnoy dough so that the dough is sweet and not stale during storage. Cooking dough began on the night from Thursday to Friday, then they baked cakes all day long and on Saturday they consecrated them in the church. Dough should be handled with care, well wrap it from drafts. For baking cakes, use special high cylindrical forms of thick tin, but you can also take small aluminum dishes with a volume of 1-1.5 liters, so that the cakes are well baked.
Ready-made cakes are usually decorated with white icing, colored sprinkling, candied fruits, symbolic inscriptions, nuts. Easter cake, baked according to old recipes, can be stored for up to 40 days. And in ancient times, a piece of consecrated cake was considered healing.
Easter cakes with raisins
- This is a classic recipe suitable for a large family who are preparing many delicious Easter cakes for Easter. If you want to reduce the proportion, simply divide all the ingredients in half.
- One liter of homemade milk is slightly warmed up so that it is warm, but not hot. If you accidentally overheat, cool the milk a little. Dilute 100 g of fresh yeast and 1 tbsp in milk. Sahara. After half an hour, add 1 kg of sifted flour, stir with a wooden spoon. After another half hour, add half a spoonful of salt, 25 yolks and 1 kg of sugar - stir until sugar is completely dissolved and add another 1 kg of flour.
- After 3-4 hours, add 500 g of soft margarine, add, if desired, a pack of ground cardamom (6 g) and some more flour, if necessary. Raisins 200-300 g must first be washed and dried (it is better to take light raisins). And add to the dough. Sprinkle some flour on the table and lay out the dough, knead it for 30-40 minutes. Hands can be periodically lubricated with olive oil, pour flour, if necessary. When the dough is well kneaded, put it back into the bowl and put another 2.5 hours in a warm place.
- Forms need to cover with oiled paper, then put the dough into it. It is necessary to fill in the forms by 1/3 and let the dough come even twice (about 1 hour in time). Then put the dough in the oven, preheated to 200 degrees and bake for 1 hour. If the cake starts to stick on top, cover it with dry paper or foil. At this time, prepare the next batch, which just rises during this time.
- Remove the finished cake from the oven, lay it on its side and leave it in this position until the bottom cools down. Then remove from the form.
Glaze for Easter cakes: 3 proteins should be whipped with 300 g of powdered sugar, add 1-2 tbsp. lemon juice. Beat with a mixer until viscous consistency. Grease the cooled cake with glaze and garnish with colored sprinkles, raisins, and nuts on top.
Easter cake "Flower"
- We prepare yeast dough butter: 1 glass of milk is heated, it is diluted in 5 st.l. sugar and 40 g of yeast. Gradually add some flour there (2-3 tbsp.). The dough should turn out like pancakes. Remove the dough in a warm place for 1-2 hours so that it rises well. Butter 50 g melt, cool and add to the dough, there is 50 g of vegetable oil. Beat 2 eggs into a fluffy foam and carefully put into the dough, add a pinch of salt and the second part of flour (2 cups). Now knead the dough well until it becomes elastic, in time it is about 1 hour.
- For the filling, wash and dry 50-100 g of raisins. Melt 2 tbsp. butter, cool it. Roll out the dough into the reservoir about 0, 5 cm, brush it with butter. Spread the filling evenly over it: raisins, some candied fruits, vanilla, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon on top. Now roll out the roll out of the dough so that the filling is inside. Carefully place it on a greased baking sheet and roll into a ring. The edges of the roll grease with egg white, connect and tick well at the junction. Using a knife, scissors to make cuts across the entire diameter. The ring should come in a warm place for another 30 minutes. Apply the ring to spread with whipped yolk, trying not to crush it. Bake the flower should be 20-25 minutes at 200 ° C. Ready roll cover with a clean towel on top and let it stand for 15-20 minutes.
- Anoint such a roll can be ordinary glaze, you can orange. Orange glaze is prepared from 2 tablespoons. powdered sugar 2 tsp orange juice: it is necessary to beat it up to a mass of medium consistency. Roll grease with glaze, decorate with raisins, candied fruits.
- Easter cake on the holiday table symbolizes the presence of God in the world and in human life.
Ideas for decorating Easter cakes:
The sweetness, baking, beauty of the Easter cake, thus, express the Lord’s concern for any human being, His compassion, mercy, condescension to the infirmities of human nature, the willingness to hear any prayer, come to the aid of the last sinner.
Dear hostess, Happy Easter! Cook from the heart, with the mood and then all the dishes you will have delicious and beautiful.