kulich

1 cup lukewarm milk
1-1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons vanilla
2 packages yeast
6 eggs
3/4 cup butter at room temperature
9 cups of flour
1 cup yellow raisins

In a large bowl, mix together the milk, sugar, salt and vanilla. Add yeast. Let stand for about 10 minutes. Add eggs, butter and flour. Knead for about 15 minutes, until dough is smooth and well blended. Put in greased bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise for about 5 hours. Add raisins after first rising and knead until raisins are well distributed. Divide into 4 balls. Put into four well-greased 2-pound coffee cans. Cover with towel and let rise until double. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. Frost after cooled.

Frosting:
1 cup powdered sugar
3 teaspoons milk, more or less
1/2 teaspoon vanilla, lemon or almond extract
Colored sprinkles

Mix together the sugar, milk and flavoring. Frosting will be soft but not too runny. Spread on kulich so it runs two-thirds of the way down. Decorate with colored sprinkles.

From Saint Mark’s Church cookbook.

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