Friday, March 30, 2012

Saffron Paska (Saffron Easter Bread) - Margaret Ullrich

Easter, just like Christmas, comes with its own recipes.
Ah, tradition...  Gotta love it.
Or at least do it.
If you want to keep peace in the family.

Here's an old favorite.
Or, hopefully, a new one.


                             Saffron Paska

1/4 Cup boiling water            
3/4 to 1 ounce saffron             
Let steep until cool, then strain. 

Scald and cool to lukewarm
3 cups milk                              

1 1/2 Cups lukewarm water   
2 Tablespoons yeast                  
3 Tablespoons sugar                            
Let sit 10 minutes

Cream together
1 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar                            
Add one at a time, blending each in thoroughly
6 eggs yolks                              

Add to creamed mixture
saffron water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt                          
1 lemon's juice and grated rind     
1 teaspoon vanilla  (optional)             
yeast mixture 
lukewarm milk 
Mix well.
Add, mixing well
5 Cups sifted flour                     

Beat until they stand in stiff peaks
6 egg whites                              
Fold whites into the dough.  
Cover bowl.  Let dough rise in warm place until doubled in bulk. 

Add to make a soft dough 
4 to 5 Cups sifted flour               
Knead until elastic.  
Place in a greased bowl.  
Cover bowl.  Let dough rise in warm place until doubled in bulk.  
Punch down.  
Reserve 1/4 of dough for decorating.
Shape remaining dough into 2 or 3 loaves.  
Place in well greased round bread pans.  
Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk.                                                  
Decorate with reserved dough before baking. 

Bake in a preheated 325º oven for 30 minutes,    
Reduce heat to 275º and bake 35 minutes longer.

1 egg 
2 Tablespoons milk  
Brush tops.  
Return to bake 5 more minutes or until golden.  
Turn out on rack and let cool.


  1. thank you for the recipe! I have 3 loaves in the oven now.

  2. You're welcome, Kristin! Wishing you and yours a very Happy Easter!