90 gmeach of glacé red cherries and candied cedro (see note), finely chopped
45 gmwhole blanched almonds
1½ tspvanilla bean paste (see note)
80 gm (1/3 cup)sour cream
Using the back of a spoon, press cottage cheese through a fine sieve placed over a bowl. Add remaining ingredients, except sour cream, and stir to combine. Add sour cream and stir until mixture is smooth.
Line six 1 cup-capacity plastic flower pots or pudding moulds with a hole in the base with muslin, allowing excess to overhang. Divide mixture among moulds and fold over muslin to cover. Place on a tray and weight down with food cans. Refrigerate until firm (about 1 hour), then unmould and serve with slices of kulich to the side. Pashka will keep, refrigerated in an airtight container, for up to 3 days.
Note Fresh cottage cheese is much drier than tub cottage cheese. It’s available from select delicatessens. If unavailable, substitute with ricotta. Candied cedro is available from David Jones Foodhalls. If unavailable, substitute with other candied fruit. Vanilla bean paste is available from The Essential Ingredient and select supermarkets. If unavailable, substitute with vanilla extract.