Royal Paskha (Sweet Cream-Cheese Dish)

Royal Paskha (Sweet Cream-Cheese Dish)

2 cups butter, 5 or 6 egg yolks, 2 cups sugar, 4 cups cottage cheese, 1 1/4 cups 30% cream, 100 g (3 1/2 oz) each raisins, almonds and candied peels, cardamom or vanilla.

Rub the butter with sugar until white gradually adding egg yolks one at a time. Rub the paste until sugar completely dissolves, add vanilla or minced and sifted through a fine sieve cardamom for flavour. Add cottage cheese twice grated on a fine shredder, raisins, almonds, candied orange peels or grated lemon rinds. Mix thoroughly, add whipped cream and stir from top to bottom.

Fill the paste into a special paskha mould over a slightly wet gauze, cover it with a saucer, press by a small weight and refrigerate for 12 hours.