Pashka, the Russian word for Easter, is one of a few ritual foods served at an Orthodox Easter in Russia. Perfect any time of the year dessert…
Sophia Lindop’s Pashka
You will need
75 g mixed citrus peel
45 g raisins
45 g dried cranberries
45 g dried candied kumquat (or ginger)
2 tbsp brandy
100 g unsalted butter, softened
110 g caster sugar
2 egg yolks
750 g fresh ricotta
1 tsp vanilla extract
Finely grated zest of one lemon
2 tbsp lemon juice
50 g flaked almonds, toasted and cooled
Half a cup of double thick cream
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What you will do
Line a 2 litre dome-shaped bowl with a damp muslin cloth. Place all the fruit in a separate bowl with the brandy and allow to soak for at least 15 minutes.
In a separate bowl, cream the butter and caster sugar using an electric beater until thick and pale. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the ricotta, vanilla extract, zest and mix well.
Using a wooden spoon, fold in the soaked fruit, lemon juice and almond flakes. Lastly, fold in the cream.
Spoon into the lined bowl and fold the hanging bits of cloth over to cover. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
Turn out and decorate.
This delicious wine is a blend of half each of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon The grapes were harvested by hand in the early morning. De-stemming and crushing took place into 15-ton separators and the free run juice was immediately separated from the skins to capture the beautiful colour. The juice was settled overnight and racked, and the two batches were fermented separately. Once blended, the wine was filtered two weeks before bottling.
Founding Winemaker Martin Moore and his Assistant Ricardo Cloete were the winemakers of the Durbanville Hills Sparkling Rosé.
From a traditional Champagne shaped bottle, in clear glass to who off the colour and closed with a natural cork. The labelling is fun and quirky as befits the wine. In the glass, the wine is a beautiful sea shell pink with the bubbles rushing to the top and forming a crown round the rim. The nose is of red berries, fraises des bois and sweet tropical limes. The palate is brisk and fresh from entry to the long aftertaste. Flavours of pink grapefruit and spun sugar and chunky Turkish Delight abound. Lovely glass. An anytime wine from breakfast to the bottle after dinner at night.
Serve with the Pashka.
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