Friday, April 10, 2009

Happy Paska!

Paska is a traditional Easter bread that Fusilli makes every year. It's a lot of work, but we (the people who enjoy eating it, but don't make it) agree that it's worth it. The recipe, passed down by Oma, involves mixing the finished batter with whipped egg whites. This is done by hand, which is quite messy, but fun to watch.

I've been trying to think of an example to illustrate the difficulty of this step, which is questioned each year, but never skipped. Have you ever tried giving a cat a bath? It's not an entirely fair comparison, but the point is – these two things don't want to be together. You just have to roll up your sleeves and use both hands.

Next year we've agreed that a second batch should be made to experiment by making deep fried Paska balls. I can already imagine how incredible these are going to be. Half dipped in icing and sprinkles... oh yeah!

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