For those of us celebrating Pascha (Easter) this weekend, here is my  favorite cheese Pascha recipe.

A.K.A. coronary bypass in a spread.

Cheese Pascha
2 lbs of farmers cheese

1 lb of unsalted butter
12 hard boiled egg yolks
2 packages of cream cheese (8 oz each)
1 lb of powdered sugar

*You can add vanilla or other flavorings at this point. 

Bring all of these ingredients to room temperature, then blend together. For years, I used a hand strainer. It was probably more authentic, but last year I started using my electric blender, and, you know what? It came out just fine.

The cheese is traditionally put in a Pascha mold, lined with cheesecloth so that it can drain for a couple of days. I didn’t always have Pascha molds, so I wrapped it in cheese cloth, like balls of mozzarella, and let them hang. It should be refrigerated, of course. 

I usually mess up the mold somehow, so I re-construct the cross markings with chocolate chips, or something similar. You can also garnish with fresh strawberries.


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