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, Polish Catholics.[1] Butter is shaped into a lamb either by hand or in a lamb-shaped mould.[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, in which the annual introduction of the butter lamb is a symbol of spring.[3][4][5]

Frequently the eyes are represented by peppercorns 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. ^ Postles, Don (2011-04-08). Broadway Market kicks off Easter season. WIVB-TV. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
  4. ^ Boose, Josh (2011-04-24). A Traditional Buffalo Easter. WGRZ-TV. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  5. ^ Cichocki, Adam (2012-07-2). [1]. Malczewski's Butter Lamb'. Retrieved 2012-07-2.
  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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