Pascha Cheese Mold (Pasochnitsa)
Item No. 005810
Pascha (Easter) is the Feast of Feasts and the most celebrated Christian holiday. Traditionally, for this day, Russian Christians prepare a wonderful classic dish called Sirnaja Pashka made with eggs and dairy products. These ingredients are the foods the faithful abstained from during the Great Fast before Pascha. The ingredients are placed into a specially made pasochnitsa, a mold consisting of four planks joined into a trapezoidal shape and dressed with a Cross and carved patterns. This contemporary plastic mold is from Russia.
There are as many recipes for this favorite Russian “Pascha” delicacy as there are chefs. This treasured recipe comes from an old "St Petersburg" kitchen. Enjoy!
3 lbs cottage cheese or Farmer’s cheese
2 lbs cream cheese
1 ½ cups of sugar
6 egg yokes
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup whipping cream
Mixed candied fruits (optional)
Need for Preparation:
24 hours before preparation:
Line Pascha mold with moistened cheese cloth. Spoon in cottage cheese. Place a small bowl under opening in the mold and allow it to drain.
In a large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat sugar, butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add cottage cheese, eggs, vanilla and beat until well blended, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Reduce speed to low gradually, add the whipped cream, and beat until mixed well. Optional: spoon in candied fruits.
Spoon cheese mixture into prepared mold: foil ends of cheesecloth over the top of the cheese. Place mold on rack in a pan large enough to catch excess moisture. Place 1 or 2 heavy cans on top of the folded cheese cloth. Refrigerate and let the mixture drain for 24 hours.
Refrigerate for, at least, 24 hours.
Dimensions: 6w x 5.25h inches