Russian kulich is a sweet yeast-risen bread typically served at Easter. As with most recipes, the specifics of the recipe varies from family to family. The recipe we share with you today comes from Ellen Lester, former leader and longtime supporter of Kodiak 4-H. She learned the recipe from her mother, and says it is an Old Kodiak recipe that has been passed down, originally from Kaba Chichenoff.
Project Discipline: Baking
Ages: All ages!!
Difficulty level: Medium (Cloverbuds will need help)
Supplies needed: See ingredient list! In addition, you will need cans or bread loaf pans, several large bowls, a wooden spoon and a mixer is optional.
Timing: Don't Delay!! This recipe takes time. Ellen says that she typically starts the process at 7:30 AM and sometimes doesn't finish up until late into the evening. Let's get started!
Step 1 (Early in the morning): Make the sponge
Step 2: Cream Remaining Ingredients
Meanwhile, mix ingredients as indicated below.
Ingredients for this step:
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp lemon extract (optional)
Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, salt, nutmeg, vanilla and lemon extract. It's a good idea to crack the eggs into a separate cup before adding to the mix.
Step 3: Combine Risen Sponge with Creamed Ingredients
First, put raised sponge in larger bowl. Add creamed ingredients. Mix well.
Step 4: Add remaining ingredients, then knead dough and let it raise.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
Put dough into a large greased bowl, top side down then flip it over into same bowl, so it has a little grease on the top. Cover with a light kitchen towel and let sit in a warm spot about 4 hours, until double.
Step 5: Transfer dough into cans and let raise.
Step 6: Bake & Add Topping
Once dough has risen to the tops of at least half of your containers, it's time to put them in the oven! Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Kulich is done when you can shake it out of the can, but it might take some effort depending on how well you greased your cans!
Cool out of cans for 15 minutes on a rack. While still warm, frost with confectioner glaze, and sprinkles if you'd like!
To make the glaze, start with 1/2 cup of confectioner sugar, add a dash of vanilla and then mix in milk, 1 tsp at a time, until it reaches desired taste and consistency. Icing should be thick.
Enjoy!! Share with friends or freeze for later. Don't forget to share your photos with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to show them to Ellen!
At Home Kits
Learn By Doing At Home Blog Series
Looking for some fun activities for the summer? Look no further! Our Alaska 4-H team pulled together to provide some awesome activities over the spring, all designed to be done at home, without having to go out and get a ton of supplies. Learn by Doing, and Have Fun!
Our last post is a challenge that we would like to pose to you for the whole summer, and it will hopefully be easy and FUN for you to do. Get outside!
Today, I took my 4-Her's out in search of grey whales (and we even found some). More importantly, we had a blast and got so much out of the fresh air and beautiful scenery. We hope you will do the same!
We look forward to seeing your photos on the Alaska 4-H facebook page...And don't worry, we'll be back soon with some fun project ideas, just not quite so often!
- Kate Schaberg, Kodiak 4-H Project Coordinator, mom of 4-H Cloverbuds and Designer of the Blog
Are you ready to create something amazing?!
A Rube Goldberg machine, named after American cartoonist Rube Goldberg, is a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overly complicated way. Usually, these machines consist of a series of simple unrelated devices; the action of each triggers the initiation of the next, eventually resulting in achieving a stated goal.
Need some more help to get brainstorming? Enter our Rube Goldberg Studio below, designed by Kendra Calhoun, Youth, Family and Community Development Faculty at UAF.
The first thing to do is to wash your hands and gather your supplies.
4 (8 inch) tortillas
4-8 teaspoons water
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tsp sugar
3 cups mixed fruit of your choice ( example: I cup apple, I cup peach, I cup mixed berries)
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.
Lay your tortillas out on the counter and brush water onto the tortillas with a pastry brush. If you don’t have one, you can just use your fingers. Then mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl and then sprinkle the mixture onto the tortillas. Next use a pizza cutter or small knife cut each tortilla into eight wedges ( like a pizza) and place the wedges onto a cookie sheet. Bake the wedges for 10-15 minutes.
While you are waiting for the chips to bake, let’s make the fruit salsa! This recipe calls for peaches, apples, and berries but you can use any fruit you like. I chose grapes, kiwi, strawberries and peaches because they are some of our favorite fruits and I love the mix of colors.
To make the salsa all you need to do is chop the fruit into very small pieces. Try and get all the pieces similar in size just like you would see in regular salsa. Once it is all chopped just put it in a bowl and mix it together.
When the chips are finished in the oven you can serve them alongside the salsa. So dip away and enjoy!
Join us today!
Today we will meet at 4:30 PM AK Time, for Sun Salutations with Kendra Calhoun, Youth, Family and Community Development Faculty with UAF Cooperative Extension Service.
Review the poses, then join us to put it all together!
For many of us, things look a little different these days, and 4-H is no exception. As we head into summer, we'd like to create a sort of virtual 4-H yearbook full of messages for each other!
For today's activity, we'd like you to take a minute to ponder what you LOVE about Alaska 4-H. We can't wait to hear it and share it with our 4-H community.
Record Your Own Message!
Our friends in Kodiak, AK 4-H would like to share an annual tradition with all of our fellow 4-H'ers at home! You WILL need some sourdough starter to participate - find someone in your community who has some, or make your own with the recipe below.
Step 1: Find your starter!
Ask around your community to see if anyone has some they can share, otherwise use the instructions below to start your own.
Step 2: Feed your starter!
This video gives instructions for 4-H'ers wanting to get sourdough ready for pancakes on Memorial Day.
Step 3: Make Your Pancakes!
Use the recipe below to make your own sourdough pancakes - they're DELICIOUS!
Step 4: Share some leftover sourdough with a friend, and keep some for yourself for later!
Our 4-H starter has been passed around for many many years - we hope this tradition will begin in your own 4-H communities!
Kodiak 4-H is collecting photos of everyone who participates in this project! Please consider submitting to Kodiak4h@gmail.com.
Our goal with this blog has been to get you started with some fun activities, using materials that you have around the house. Who doesn't have some water at their house? Let's experiment! Share your favorite water experiment with us on the Alaska 4-H facebook page!
Please note: this is CALLED toothpaste, but it is NOT. Wear safety goggles and do it outside or into a tub if you have one! Activity complements of Scientific American!
Having too much fun? Check out some more ideas for fun water experiments! Design a "magic" show for your family full of the experiments you've learned!
While you're practicing your sun salutation poses, we have some fun yoga challenges for you to pick from, and we also wanted to share a bit with you about the basics of yoga. Enter the yoga studio below to learn some yoga basics, then try out a fun yoga activity!
4-H & Youth Development
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Cooperative Extension State Office
1751 Tanana Loop, Room 209
Fairbanks, AK 99775