We had such a good time at our annual Paska Class at Lepp Farm Market.
We were sold out with 26 guests and a great crowd they were.
I baked Paska at home during the day to "decorate" the class and I almost needed to use it to serve as yeast that I bought in little packets for the class failed me.
I always mix up one batch early before everyone comes so that when we do the class, I demonstrate making the dough and then can use the dough that has finished rising to demonstrate putting it on pans.
It was a good thing that Charlotte Lepp could bring me some from home in time for the class.
For many years when our parents were still alive we always had Easter all together but now we all have our own families and Easter gatherings don't happen like they once did.
They do however remember the Paska I always brought and now will no doubt...
be making multiple batches for the Peters gathering.
I hooked up my microphone...
...put my ingredients out...
and taught Paska.
There are so many little hints that can be seen so much easier than putting it on paper.
The size of the lemon and orange and the white part ...
when it is important to remove it ...
and when you can leave it on...
all part of the discussion.
Showing how to pinch off buns for putting into muffin pans.
Anneliese pinching off more buns.
Julie brought some of her gluten free Paska to share and talked about gluten free baking.
Kathy did the scalloped potatoes demonstration..
assisted by Marg.
She sliced and diced...and had potatoes in the oven in short order.
Anneliese demonstrated her Coleslaw dressing!
Bev demonstrated how to slice a ham.
Lepp Farm Market baked the ham for us again.
They raise their own pork, smoke it in their smokehouse and it is very delicious.
Judy demonstrated her mustard sauce to go with the ham.
I could eat that sauce alone...
it's so delicious.
Bev demonstrated how to make Plumi Moos...
and brought some of her home canned cherries ..
Here is the plate of the main course!
Marg then demonstrated Ellen's Paska spread and shared some of the Russian phrases that Ellen taught her on the phone yesterday.
We all waited to see if that spread would come out beautifully like Ellen's did the year before.
Kathy helped her flip it over!
it was delicious.
We all took pictures.
I tried to post to Facebook quickly for Ellen to see...
but I couldn't get that picture to post for love nor money.
With the Paska out of the oven...
we plated each Paska bun with some Paska spread...
and a scoop of icing.
and still a bit warm.
It got the thumbs up!
is Paska class 2013.
Before the class dismissed...
I challenged them to go home and make Paska and said that the first person to send me a photo with their paska...would win a copy of our new book Celebrations when it is published..
this was in my inbox!
Her sweet little family will have had Paska for breakfast.
I'm just smiling here!
all for now...with love,