Vanilla Cheese Pascha
Written By: Molly Jenkins
Column: Theosis Through the Arts
Issue: Set to Appear in the May Issue of the Newsletter
One of the many joys of Pascha is the feast after the Paschal service. Pascha Cheese is a traditional Russian Pascha dish made in celebration of this feast. The cheese is white, representing the Resurrection, and it is made in a mold, shaped like a truncated pyramid, which some think to represent the Church and Jesus’ tomb. On each side of the mold, there are symbols of Christ’s resurrection.
- ½ lb. unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 9 8-oz. Packages of cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 pt. Heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tbs. vanilla
- 1-2 cups raisins (optional)
- 2 Pascha molds, large funnels, or a couple of glass containers
- 2 plates
Leave cream cheese and butter out at room temperature. Whip cream and place in refrigerator until ready to use. Cream butter with an electric mixer. Gradually add confectioners sugar, mix until smooth. Gradually add cream cheese, breaking it into pieces, mix until smooth. Blend in vanilla. Gradually fold in whipped cream and mix until well blended. Mix in raisins.
Next, pour the mixture into molds lined with cheesecloth. Tie the cheesecloth tight with string. Place a plate on top of the mold. Place a heavy object on top of the plate. Put the mold in the refrigerator overnight.
When ready to serve, cut string, unwrap the cheesecloth, and put the mold upside down on a large plate. Decorate with raisins. Serve cold.
Joyous Pascha, Christ is risen!