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Beautifully Smooth & Even Prosphora
« on: June 18, 2013, 12:17:56 AM »
I've noticed those in Russian tradition; typically Russian monasteries, make such amazing Prosphora. It's so smooth and consistent, it almost looks like angel food cake. I haven't been able to master this technique, but I would love to learn and I'm sure my priest would appreciate if I did also (lumpy and uneven prosphora can be hard to prepare, and being an altar server I've seen a lot of "rocky" ones).

Is there some sort of trick to go from something like this (which is typical for me)



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Re: Beautifully Smooth & Even Prosphora
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2013, 01:54:42 AM »
Yes, getting loaves to look like that takes a lot of practice.  There are a number of steps:

1) You have to use the 'boiled flour' method for the dough base.  This gives the tight bubble consistency.

2) You have to knead it for a loooong time.  We're talking 30-40 minutes if by hand.

3) Shaping the loaves is the trickiest part.  I call is the 'bowling pin method,' when a single lump of dough is divided up like a bowling pin with the edge of the hand and rolled back and forth until even.  Then the 'pin' is righted and the top and bottom portions are properly aligned and then stamped.  Since the dough is not cut the way it is when you cut the pieces with a cookie cutter, it leaves the dough perfectly smooth.  It is also amazingly time-consuming if you are not well-practiced.


I've noticed those in Russian tradition; typically Russian monasteries, make such amazing Prosphora. It's so smooth and consistent, it almost looks like angel food cake. I haven't been able to master this technique, but I would love to learn and I'm sure my priest would appreciate if I did also (lumpy and uneven prosphora can be hard to prepare, and being an altar server I've seen a lot of "rocky" ones).

Is there some sort of trick to go from something like this (which is typical for me)



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Re: Beautifully Smooth & Even Prosphora
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2013, 07:58:29 PM »
Could you explain this  'boiled flour' method to me, and does it still fall under the guide lines of flour, salt, water and yeast? Also, not to sound like a simpleton, what is a "base?" I know how to bake, I just don't know the lingo.

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Re: Beautifully Smooth & Even Prosphora
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2013, 08:23:14 PM »
Boiled water method prosphora

http://www.prosphora.org/page11.html
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Re: Beautifully Smooth & Even Prosphora
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2015, 04:10:46 AM »


Looks like Sara Lee pound cake.
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Re: Beautifully Smooth & Even Prosphora
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2016, 06:48:28 AM »
Boiled water method prosphora

http://www.prosphora.org/page11.html

I've been using this recipe, a little modified though.  The technique and plenty of kneading has led to a lot better consistency.  The priests are happy. 

I don't think I will get to the level of pound cake texture.
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