How to Make Slovak Easter Paska Bread Peeps

  • 01 of 08

    Here Is What You Will Need to Make Charlotte's Slovak Easter Paska Bread Peeps

    Charlotte Pribish Conjelko and Slovak Paska Peeps
    Charlotte Pribish Conjelko and Slovak Paska Peeps. Barbara Rolek
    • 2 cups milk
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 12 ounces (3 sticks) butter
    • 3 packages active dry yeast
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 cup warm water (no hotter than 110 degrees)
    • 3 large eggs at room temperature
    • 8 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • Milk or beaten egg yolk

    Makes 3 round (7x3-inch) Slovak Paska loaves, or 2 loaves and 40 Peeps

    Here is the Slovak Easter Paska Recipe in its entirety.

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  • 02 of 08

    Here Is How to Make the Dough for Slovak Easter Paska Peeps

    Dough Portioned Out for Slovak Easter Paska Peeps
    Dough Portioned Out for Slovak Easter Paska Peeps. Barbara Rolek
    1. In a small saucepan, heat milk, 1/2 cup sugar, salt, and butter over low heat until butter melts and sugar dissolve. Cool to lukewarm (no hotter than 110 degrees).
       
    2. Dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in warm water placed in a mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl that has been warmed. Let proof for 5 minutes. Add eggs, milk mixture and 4 1/2 cups flour. With the dough hook attachment, mix on speed 2 for 1 minute.
       
    3. Continue mixing on speed 2, and add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time and mix about 2...MORE minutes or until dough clings to hook the sides of the bowl. Continue mixing 2 minutes longer or until dough is smooth and elastic. It will be sticky to the touch.
       
    4. Place dough in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place about 1-2 hours or until doubled. This recipe will make 2 round loaves and 40 peeps. Punch down dough and divide into thirds, reserving a small piece of dough from 2 to decorate the round loaves. Shape 2 into round loaves and place in greased round (7x3-inch) bread pans. Using reserved dough, decorate with a cross in center or braids around the edge. Cover and let rise in warm place 1-2 hours or until doubled.
       
    5. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Gently brush tops of risen dough with milk or beaten egg yolk. Bake 40 minutes or until golden brown and the instant-read thermometer registers 190 degrees. Remove from pans immediately and cool on wire rack.
       
    6. To Make Paska Peeps: After dough has risen the first time, portion out 1/8 cup dough for each peep. Let rest, covered a few minutes.
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  • 03 of 08

    How to Roll the Dough to Make Slovak Easter Paska Peeps

    How to Roll Slovak Easter Paska Peeps
    How to Roll Slovak Easter Paska Peeps. Barbara Rolek

    Roll each portion of Slovak Easter paska peep dough into a 10-inch rope.

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  • 04 of 08

    How to Shape the Dough for Slovak Easter Paska Peeps

    How to Shape the Dough for Slovak Easter Paska Peeps
    How to Shape the Dough for Slovak Easter Paska Peeps. Barbara Rolek

    Form a knot with a short end sticking out for the head and the long end for the tail. Position the knot so that it looks like wings sticking up and the head is in an upright position.

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  • 05 of 08

    How to Form the Beak for Slovak Easter Paska Peeps

    Making the Beak for Slovak Easter Paska Peeps
    Making the Beak for Slovak Easter Paska Peeps. Barbara Rolek

    Tweak the head to shape a beak and embed cloves (cut off the stem end) or 1/6 of a raisin for the eyes.

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  • 06 of 08

    How to Make Tail Feathers for Slovak Easter Paska Peeps

    Making Tail Feathers for Slovak Easter Paska Peeps
    Making Tail Feathers for Slovak Easter Paska Peeps. Barbara Rolek

    Place shaped paska peeps on greased cookie sheet. Flatten long end a bit and make 3-4 slashes on it, being careful NOT to cut completely through the dough, to give the appearance of tail feathers. Cover and let rise for 20 minutes. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

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  • 07 of 08

    How to Brush Slovak Easter Paska Peeps with Milk or Egg Yolk

    How to Brush Slovak Easter Paska Peeps with Milk or Egg Yolk
    How to Brush Slovak Easter Paska Peeps with Milk or Egg Yolk. Barbara Rolek

    Brush Slovak paska peeps with milk or egg yolk.

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  • 08 of 08

    Bake Slovak Easter Paska Peeps Until Golden Brown

    Baked Slovak Easter Paska Peeps
    Baked Slovak Easter Paska Peeps. Barbara Rolek

    Bake Slovak paska peeps for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely. For extra fun, place a peep on each person's bread-and-butter plate on the table.