Easter Breads From Around the World
Easter is coming soon! Okay, it’s still a couple weeks away, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start to get excited. While I do love Christmas, Easter is filled with my favorite foods: lamb, pastitso and lots of other Greek dishes. One of my favorite foods is tsoureki. Never heard of it before? Keep reading to find out what it is!
Tsoureki is a sweet bread that is served in Greek households on Easter. It is made of braided strands of dough. Without getting too religious, the tsoureki is supposed to symbolize the resurrection of Jesus Christ. You can either shape the bread into a circle or into two large braids. There are sesame seeds sprinkled on top and it is topped with red Easter eggs. Click here to learn how to make it!
My grandmother always makes the tsoureki for our Easter celebration, and it’s also perfectly moist, soft and fluffy.
Greeks aren’t the only ones who have a tsoureki. Many other Christian ethnic groups celebrate with their own breads and cakes on Easter.
Christians in Eastern and Central Europe celebrate with babka, a spongy, brioche-like yeast cake. Usually the babka is filled with fruit and raisins and has a fruity icing. It is traditionally served in Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Western Russia. Learn how to make babka here!
In England, individuals are given biscuits on Easter Sunday. These mini breads are made from flour, butter, egg yolk, baking powder and sugar. They are spiced, covered with currants and are soft, round and crunchy.
Throughout the UK, hot cross buns are eaten on Easter. They are sweet, yeast-leavened, spiced bun made with currants or raisins, often with candied citrus fruits and marked with a cross on the top. Learn how to make hot cross buns here!
In the Czech Republic, Houska is a traditional Easter bread. It is lightly sweetened and contains sugar, eggs, cream and raisins.
Kulich is another Easter bread that is very similar to the tsoureki. Both are served in the Orthodox Christian faith. The former is popular in Russia, Belarus, Bulgaria and Serbia. Kulich is baked in tall tins and is decorated with white icing, pretty flowers, and XB (the initials of the greetin Christ is Risen).
Kalács is a Hungarian sweet bread that is is made of baked braided dough and served on Easter.
Paasstol is a traditional Dutch oval-shaped fruited bread loaf. It is made of yeast-bread dough with dried fruits, raisins and currants, lemon and orange zest, water, milk, butter, sugar, vanilla, brandy and cinnamon.
Italians celebrate Easter with the Colomba Pasquale. The dough is made with flour, eggs, sugar, natural yeast and butter. It usually contains candied peel. The dough is made into the shape of a dove and is topped with pearl sugar and almonds before it is baked.
The Folare is served in Portugal and is made of water, salt, eggs and flour of wheat. It is usually stuffed with some type of meat, and is one the rare savory breads that is served on Easter.
In Spain, a Hornazo (a Spanish meat pie) is eaten on Easter. It is made with flour and yeast and stuffed with pork loin, spicy chorizo sausage and hard-boiled eggs.
Paska is an Easter bread eaten in Poland, Ukraine and Slovakia. It is made with butter, eggs, and sugar. An egg and water mixture is used as a glaze.
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