Butter lamb

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A butter lamb.

The butter lamb, also known as a buttered lamb, is a traditional butter sculpture accompanying the Easter meal for many Russian, Slovenian and Polish Catholics.[1] Butter is shaped into a lamb either by hand or in a lamb-shaped mold.[2] It is also sold at delis, Polish specialty markets, and some general grocery stores at Easter time. The butter lamb is a particular tradition in Buffalo, New York's Broadway Market thanks to Malczewski's Butter Lambs who has kept the Polish tradition alive for decades. Many people flock to the famous Broadway market to buy butter lambs as an annual event signifying the start of Easter and spring.[3][4][5]

Frequently the eyes are represented by peppercorns or dried cloves and a white banner with a red cross on a toothpick is placed on its back.

Its name in Russian is barashek iz masla (барашек из масла).[6] A variant is the sugar lamb.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Smith, Andrew F. (2007). The Oxford companion to American food and drink. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-530796-2.
  2. ^ Berger, Thomas; Berger, Petra (1993). Easter Craft Book. Floris Books. ISBN 978-0-86315-161-3.
  3. ^ "Malczewski's Easter Butter Lamb". Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Broadway Market kicks off Easter season". WIVB-TV. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  5. ^ Boose, Josh (24 April 2011). "A Traditional Buffalo Easter". WGRZ-TV. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  6. ^ Goldstein, Darra (1999). A taste of Russia: a cookbook of Russian hospitality. Russian Information Service. ISBN 978-1-880100-42-4.

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