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Every Easter, my paternal grandmother would bake Easter Paski Bread. She would mix it in a huge basin, not using a written recipe, but just adding the ingredients by memory. As she got older and could
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Polish Easter Baking Traditions

posted at 3/27/2010 7:31 AM EDT
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Every Easter, my paternal grandmother would bake Easter Paski Bread. She would mix it in a huge basin, not using a written recipe, but just adding the ingredients by memory. As she got older and could no longer knead the heavy dough, I asked her for the recipe so I could bake it. She gave it to me, written in pencil on the back of an envelope. The recipe read: "flour, water, eggs, canned milk, butter, raisins, cake of yeast...". On my first effort, the bread was so hard that the birds would not even eat it! The second effort yielded a slightly better bread, but it was just not like Grammy Ross's. So I went to the library and researched bread baking. My third batch was spot-on! I have been baking the Paski Bread for several years now. When I go back to PA this Easter, I will invite my nieces and nephews to my mom's home to observe and participate, so that they will someday be able to bake the bread. With every batch I bake, I can feel my grandmother's spirit in the kitchen with me, and she's usually telling me to knead the dough a little harder!

Polish Easter Baking Traditions

posted at 3/27/2010 7:54 AM EDT
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What wonderful memories our grandmothers leave us! I am happy your Grammy Ross left you with a memory you can pass on to your nieces & nephews. Have a Happy Easter with your family.

Polish Easter Baking Traditions

posted at 3/27/2010 8:55 AM EDT
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Memories are great to have. Recipes from long ago are wonderful to have also. Can you share it with us? Happy Easter. Stella Galloway from Hermitage, Pa.

Polish Easter Baking Traditions

posted at 3/27/2010 11:39 AM EDT
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Yes, can you share your recipe?? I never had a chance to bake with any fo my grandparents, and would love to do this my friends kids.

Polish Easter Baking Traditions

posted at 3/27/2010 12:52 PM EDT
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So many of our grandparents baked and cooked from memory. To bad we didn't think (or maybe were too young) to write it all down.

Polish Easter Baking Traditions

posted at 3/27/2010 2:04 PM EDT
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I bet you are glad you stuck with the bread baking. And a special memory......Happy Easter.

Polish Easter Baking Traditions

posted at 3/27/2010 2:50 PM EDT
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Good job on perfecting the recipe. Hope you can post the recipe, thank you for sharing your memories, and Happy Easter!

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