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Kulich (Russian: кули́ч, IPA: [kʊˈlʲitɕ], ultimately from Greek κόλλιξ - kollix, meaning a roll or loaf of bread) is a kind of Easter bread, traditional in the Orthodox Christian faith and eaten in Russia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Georgia and Serbia.
Traditionally after the Easter service, the kulich, which has been put into a basket and decorated with colourful flowers, is blessed by the priest. Leftover kulich that is not blessed is eaten with Paskha, Romanian: "Pască", for dessert. Blessed kulich is eaten before breakfast each day.
Kulich is baked in tall, cylindrical tins (like coffee or fruit juice tins), and when cooled is decorated with white icing (which is slightly drizzled down the sides), colourful flowers, and XB (from the traditional Easter greeting of Христос воскресе, "Christ is Risen") is decorated on the side.
The recipe for kulich is similar to that of Italian panettone.
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