“Every Russian Easter table, from the most modest to he most lavish, has as its center – Kulich and Pasha – the most awaited and special of the traditional Russian foods. Each family has a treasured recipe for these delicious treats which are first sampled on Easter Night and may be served only during the Easter celebrations.” (From Babushka’s Kitchen)
As I wrote in this post, thanks to my mom, who has already sent us a Kulich, we only had to make the accompanying Pascha to complete our Easter Table.
|Key ingredient – Farmer’s Cheese. I love how the price tag indicates, “Russian Gourmet!”|
|Mixture of Farmer’s cheese, sugar, and butter – and next to it, my ‘secret recipe,’ hand written by my mom.|
|Mixing the heavy cream…|
|Adding the best part – vanilla, straight from the bean!|
|Lining the wooden Pascha mold with cheesecloth…and realizing that we used only 1lb. of Farmer’s cheese and not 2 which this mold requires. So…|
|…a variation on a theme – Clay Flower Pot! Now, the Pascha will drain for a couple of days while setting in the clay pot (which conveniently already has a drainage hole in place!).|
You’ll have to wait until Easter to see the finished product on our Easter Table! In the meantime, I know three very excited children who, “just can’t wait ’till Easter!” to take part in this festive tradition.