Heat milk to lukewarm. Add 2 tablespoons sugar to yeast and 1/4 cup warm
milk, then set aside.
In large mixing bowl, cream 1 cup sugar and 1/2 pound butter thoroughly.
Beat eggs and add to creamed sugar and butter. Sift flour and add to creamed
mixture along with the salt, remaining warmed milk and raised yeast mixture.
Knead and work well adding more flour (small amounts) if necessary. When dough
leaves side of bowl and doesn't stick to hands, it will have enough flour.
Then add 1/4 pound of melted butter and knead until it is absorbed. (This makes
for a softer dough.) Add raisins, if desired, at this time. Let dough rise in
a warm place until double in bulk.
Punch down and let rise again.
Shape into loaves or rounds and put into greased baking pans. Let rise 1/2
Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until nicely browned.
Loaves can be brushed with beaten egg for a shiny glossy surface. Also, some
of the dough can be rolled and cut to make cross and/or braid for decorations on
Paska for Easter.
This recipe can also be used for Bobalky and Poplanak.