Sometimes the internet is wonderful, but sometimes it can also be confusing.
As this will probably be our last Easter
in this part of the world, I wanted to try a homemade Russian babka cake and the paska tvorog cheese pyramid. You can spend days reading recipes that call the babka and kulich the same thing -- depending whether your family was from Poland, the Ukraine or Russia. And you can find recipes that use 9 cups of flour or a ga-zillion egg yolks.
Our housekeeper said what I made was a babka -- she's part Ukrainian. I think Russians call this cake kulich. It turned out great -- and is a repeat recipe. I had a medium sized fluted ceramic form, so I cut the recipe in half and put half in a glass loaf pan. I also made a "panettone loaf" which was a complete bust -- I don't think I kneaded it enough and it wasn't what I expected, and it literally feels like it weighs a ton.
The babka is now in the freezer, but here are the hot cross buns that got made, too:
I got a little carried away with the frosting!
Sewing/knitting this week: I don't think so! I have to go to PT 2x, buy a baby present, make another babka and a bunny cake, shop for Easter dinner, go to a concert, go to a brunch, go to a baby shower AND eat Easter dinner: why do I feel like I've gained 10 lbs already!