Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Yes, I know Easter is now officially over for this year, but wanted to post a pic of my Easter baking. This is Platzek. It's some kind of Polish Easter bread that is a tradition in DH's family. I believe his great-grandmother was of Polish origin and her and DHs grandmother used to bake this for Easter, and then MIL took on the tradition of doing so also. At least I think that's the story. Anyway, the handed-down-through-the-family recipe talks about great-grandma and grandma's techniques for the bread, so it's an old recipe :) And I've had confirmation from a Polish ex-coworker that this is indeed a Polish traditional Easter bread. One thing I've managed to do, which apparently great-grandma, grandma and even MIL could never quite achieve, is get the topping to stick. I'm not exactly sure what I do, as I just followed the recipe, but it sticks :) and tasty it is too ;p
I've only made this once before myself, in the whole 8 years we've been married. In fact the last time we had it was probably 2002. As DH's family are in the US the last Easter we spent with them was 2001 so I'm hoping to carry on this tradition with our family too. Pretty easy to really, since this is so delicious! Unfortunately our oven temp is not quite right - about 50 degrees not right :( - so I did end up baking it a bit too long and the bottom of one of the loaves was a little darker and tougher than it should have been LOL This obviously hasn't made a bit of difference, as I baked this lot on Saturday night and it's now all gone!
Platzek is best served smeared with butter (yes, butter NOT margerine!) and is tasty on it's own like that, or you can also nuke it for 10 seconds (after applying the butter) and it is extra-tasty that way LOL
And yes, I am aware that the two loaves look a little unsavoury as they are LOL but I can assure you they taste great ;)
Posted by Lou's Mum at 1:38 PM