Low Carbohydrate Diet
Sometimes paskha can be flavored with chocolate, nuts, raisins, candied citrus peel or dried fruit, although a "real", authentic paskha never contains these flavorings. This Lemon Paskha version is a refreshing treat for low carb dieters.
3 pounds farmers or ricotta cheese
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar substitute (such as Steviva)
1 cup heavy cream
Peel from 2 lemons, finely shredded
Put the cheese in a cheesecloth bag; tie and put under a weight for six hours to press out the juices.
In a blender, blend all ingredients together; put in a pot.
Simmer on very low heat for one hour.
- Do not allow mixture to boil or ingredients to blend together permanently.
- Place in the cheesecloth bag and under the weight for 24 hours.
A Bit About Paskha
Traditionally, Paskha is eaten spread on a slice of sweet yeast bread kulich. Kulich is of Russian Cookery. It is a sweetened, dome-shaped yeast bread, rich in butter and eggs, with raisins throughout. It is usually topped with a sugar icing and traditionally made at Easter.
Yield: 1 batch Lemon Paskha