|Yesterday I made some Paska, Polish Easter bread. I am not a huge fan of brioche type breads but this one is very good.|
- Stir together 2 cups flour and the salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Stir yeast into water; add 2 tsp sugar and stir until dissolved. Let mixture stand for 10 minutes until doubled in volume.
- Meanwhile, beat eggs with electric mixer. Gradually beat in 3/4 cup sugar.
- Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in milk. Add egg mixture; beat well. Add butter, and lemon and orange rinds and juices, and yeast; beat until combined. Add 1 cup flour at a time, until dough is soft and holds its shape. Knead until no longer sticky.
- Place dough in a large buttered bowl. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap. Let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Punch down and let rise again until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Divide dough in half; form each half into a loaf shape and place into a lightly greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Let rise until doubled in bulk, about an hour. I formed mine as shown below.
- Bake in a preheated 325 degrees F oven until golden brown, about 45 minutes.
- Remove from oven, let cool for a few minutes, then remove loaves from pans and finish cooling on a wire rack.
- Ice just before serving. For each loaf, stir together 2 cups icing sugar with 1 tsp lemon juice and enough milk (approximately 4 tbsp) to make a smooth icing that can be spooned over loaf. Decorate with sprinkles.