Kulich-Russian Panettone

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Kulich-Russian Panettone
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
90 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on June 26, 2023


  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup candied fruit
  • 1/2 cup chopped blanched almonds
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sugar, melted butter, salt, eggs, and yeast mixture. Beat until smooth.
  3. Add flour, raisins, candied fruit, and almonds. Mix until combined.
  4. Knead dough for 5 minutes on a lightly floured surface or in a stand mixer until smooth and elastic.
  5. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  6. Punch down dough and divide in half. Shape each half into a round loaf and place on a greased baking sheet.
  7. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  8. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

Interesting Facts

  • Kulich is a traditional Easter bread that is served in Russian households on Easter Sunday.
  • The bread is usually made in a tall cylindrical shape to resemble a church tower.
  • The traditional recipe includes raisins, candied fruit, and almonds for flavor and texture.
  • Kulich is usually served with a sweetened cheese called paskha.