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Today I'm sharing my recipe for Russian "Sweet Pascha Cheese", a traditional Russian treat put into Easter baskets and served at Pascha and during Bright Week to accompany "Kulich", a delectable sweet bread (click here for the bread recipe). There are lots of authentic Russian Pascha Cheese recipes out there - this is a fairly simple one - "tried and true" - that was passed along to me by a friend who has made it for years.
PASCHA CHEESE INGREDIENTS:
3 lbs Farmers Cheese (or Ricotta)
1 1/2 lb. unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 pints whipping cream
2 T. + 2 t. vanilla extract
4 c. granulated sugar
5 egg yolks*
here to decide if you're comfortable with this. If not, there is a version of the recipe without eggs here.)
8- After 5-7 days, the cheese is ready to un-mold. Note: You can put it on a plate with edible flowers or strawberries around the edge. We made a bunch of pots - a large one to share at our church celebration and some smaller ones to give away and enjoy at home! Here was the finished product - it tasted like cheesecake! Symbolism: Cheese is something Orthodox Christians fast from during the 40 days of Lent. White symbolizes the purity of Christ and the Joy of the Resurrection!