Easter celebrations are an integral part of many Christians. Easter Sunday is celebrated as the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, three days after His crucifixion. As with most traditional holidays, food is an important part of the celebration. Popular foods eaten during this time are leg of lamb, spring vegetables, and hot cross buns. But there are some lesser-known traditional dishes that you have to try!
Paçoca is a Brazilian peanut fudge candy traditionally made from ground peanuts, sugar, and salt. It’s very popular in Brazil, and is most associated with Festa Junina (a themed festival week), and Easter. The candy is super easy to make. For some recipes, you need a food processor to blitz peanuts and sugar, while other recipes use peanut butter and crushed biscuits.
The name Osterbrot literally means ‘Easter bread’, and is a soft, flavorsome bread filled with raisins and almonds. Osterbrot is a type of yeast-leavened cake. It can be eaten on its own, but if you have leftovers, it’s great for French toast or bread pudding!
Torta Pasqualina is a traditional egg pie originating from Liguria, Italy. True to the Easter theme, the pie was traditionally made with artichoke and thirty-three sheets of thin pastry – one for each year of Jesus’ life on earth. Nowadays, it’s made with puff pastry and greens such as spinach or swiss chard. It’s baked with an egg in the middle, so when you cut through it, it makes a beautiful display on your Easter table.
Kulich are small bread buns enriched with eggs and butter, similar to a French brioche. Because it’s covered with a sweet icing glaze, it tastes somewhat like hot cross buns. It’s baked in special tins, to produce a tall bun. After covering it in icing, it’s often stamped with “XB”, which stands for the greeting Христос воскресе, meaning "Christ is Risen". Because it’s such a sweet and indulgent treat, it’s popular to eat after Lent, a fasting period where individuals abstain from indulging dishes.
Sweet breads are quite popular during Easter. Colomba di Pasqua (literally translated as ‘Easter dove’) is a type of yeast-leavened cake, made with candied peel. It’s made in the shape of a dove, which represents the piece of Christ. You can use leftovers to make French toast or bread pudding.
Do you celebrate Easter? What are traditional foods eaten by your family during this time?