What is Kulich?
Ethnic cookbooks often go into elaborate details about how to attain the most authentic results. But it seems to me that all that fuss is largely unnecessarily. It’s much more fun for all the parties involved to simplify as many steps as possible. In this recipe the dough is made in a bread machine, so you can devote your energy where it matters the most – decorating.
My Kulich recipe comes from a family cookbook. I had to adjust proportions to better suit the American system of weights and measures.
Kulich (bread machine dough)
What you need
- Ask your helper to add all the ingredients to a bread machine pan in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Select dough/manual cycle. When cycle is complete, remove dough from machine to a lightly floured surface. If the dough is too sticky, add a tiny bit of flour. My dough (below) doesn’t have any candied fruits or nuts because my kids won’t have them.
- Coat the inside of your clean cans with butter (or PAM) and line with parchment paper. This recipe is good for four 12-ounce cans. Here I’m using a 10-ounce can and a 12-ounce can, and we used the rest of the dough to make 12 Easter muffins.
- Divide your dough between your cans. One important thing to remember is that it’s going to rise A LOT! More than once my Kulich bread was so heavy on top that it fell over. If you don’t want that to happen to you, fill the cans no more than 3/4 full.
- Cover cans with plastic wrap or towel and allow the dough to rise to the edge of the can. While you are waiting for the dough to raise take care of those muffins if you left some of the dough for them. Just fill the paper-lined muffin pan cups half way and let them raise while you are getting the oven up to 350F.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Place the cans of dough upright into the oven on baking sheet. Add the muffins. I have a convection oven and it bakes everything super fast. So my muffins were ready in 15 minutes and Kulich in 25. You might have to adjust your cooking time. It’s ready when it’s lightly browned.
Butter-Lemon Frosting (Kulich 1)
Lemon Frosting (Kulich 2)