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Catholic Recipe: Koulitchy (Russian Sweet Easter Bread)


  • 2 cups milk
  • 10 cups sifted flour
  • 2 cakes yeast or 2 packages dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 cups egg yolks
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Bread crumbs
  • Details

  • Prep Time: 4 1/2 hours
  • Difficulty: • • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 15+
  • Origin: Russia

Also Called: Kulich; Resurrection Bread; Koulich; Koolitch

This traditional Russian Easter bread is baked in thin metal molds eight inches across and just about twice as deep. But the bread can also be baked in deep casseroles much like American spoon bread.


Mix milk with two cups flour. Crumble yeast in water. When yeast bubbles, add to milk mixture. Cover and let rise. Beat yolks until lemon color. Add stiffly-beaten whites, butter, sugar and salt. Combine with yeast mixture and knead smooth. Let rise until double in bulk. Add three-fourths cup flour, and let rise again. When double in bulk, add remaining flour. Knead smooth. Butter your molds, and sprinkle them with bread crumbs. Fill molds one-third full. When dough reaches tops of molds, bake in moderate oven (375°) for 60 minutes. Lay molds on side to cool.

Recipe Source: Cooking for Christ by Florence Berger, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 4625 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310, 1949, 1999
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