Paska (bread)

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Traditional Ukrainian Paska with a pysanka and willow switches
Type Sweet bread
Place of origin Ukraine
Main ingredients Milk, butter, eggs, sugar
Cookbook: Paska  Media: Paska

Paska (Ukrainian: Пáска "Easter", Georgian: პასკა "Easter", ultimately from Aramaic: פסחא‎ "Passover") is a Ukrainian Easter bread eaten in Eastern European countries including Ukraine, south Russia, Armenia, Romania, Moldova, Slovakia, Georgia and parts of Bulgaria as well as the Assyrian–Chaldean–Syriac diaspora. It is also eaten in countries with immigrant populations from Eastern Europe such as the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Traditional ingredients[edit]

Paska is made with milk, butter, eggs, flour, and sugar, except in Romania, where the recipe most commonly includes sweet cream, cottage cheese, and/or sour cream along with eggs, sugar, raisins, and rum. An egg and water mixture is used as a glaze.

Christian symbolism[edit]

The Christian faithful in many Eastern Christian countries eat this bread during Easter. Christian symbolism is associated with features of paska type breads. The inside of paska can be a swirl of yellow and white that is said to represent the resurrection of Jesus while the white represents the Holy Spirit. Other versions include chocolate, rice, or even savoury mixtures based on cheese. A version is made with maraschino cherries added to symbolize royal jewels in honor of the resurrection of Jesus.[1]

Eaten with other foods[edit]


Paska is eaten with "hrudka", also called syrek, a bland sweet custard similar to cheese made from separated eggs and milk and beets mixed with horseradish (chren/hrin) and kielbasa (in Polish) or kovbasa (in Ukrainian).

Assyrian Paska[edit]

In Iran and the diaspora, Assyrians will eat a Paska cake on Easter, Ida Gura. The tall cake is decorated with a cross on top to represent Calvary, the place of Jesus' crucifixion, and surrounded with colored eggs to symbolize the people who visited Jesus during his death and were at his cross.[citation needed]


Type Pastry
Place of origin Romania, Moldova
Main ingredients eggs, sour cream, fresh cheese, raisins, sugar
Cookbook: Pască  Media: Pască

Pască is a traditional Romanian and Moldovan pastry.[2] Pască is composed with eggs, sour cream, fresh cheese like urdă, raisins and sugar, and is especially made for Easter. The word Pască come from Latin, Pascha, meaning Easter.[3]

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