It just wouldn’t be Easter Sunday in Russia without Kulich. This tall, cylindrical sweet bread is the centerpiece of a traditional Easter feast. Not to be confused with paskha, a molded sweet cheese dessert made with farmer cheese and dried fruit.
Kulich is a delicious combination of bread and cake. Soft and buttery, with a hint of vanilla, and raisins. Glazed to perfection and topped with rainbow sprinkles — it’s what makes those long Orthodox masses worth the wait.
The sweet smell of fresh Kulich on Easter Sunday is a more than a food experience. It’s an honest to goodness ritual. After spending hours waiting for the dough to rise, and baking it to just the perfect golden brown color, it first has to make a trip to church.
In Russia, Kuliches are blessed, along with easter eggs and other Easter foods, at the midnight mass. According to tradition, a freshly baked Kulich is placed into an Easter basket and taken to church for a spritzing with Holy water and Holiday blessings.
So how do you make Kulich?
There are thousands of recipes online claiming to be the most “authentic” or totally “traditional”. While RussianFoodDirect.com offers Kulich for purchase around Easter time, we wanted to share a recipe that can be made at home. After experimenting with several recipes from popular blogs, our favorite was the one from Natashaskitchen.com.
We hope you enjoy the making Kulich as much as you’ll love eating this delicious sweet Holiday treat.