Category Archives: Easter

Kulitsa & Pashka & Tsoureki & Challah

Kulitsa/Kulich & Pashka/Pasha are very Eastern European celebratory traditional Easter foods.   Curiously, many of these Easter breads are very similar… Continue reading Kulitsa & Pashka & Tsoureki & Challah

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What is Mahlab/Mahlepi/Mastixa?

This is an unusual condiment used in Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine, generally in the context of baked goods.

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Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday

I have spent the morning baking bread and hot cross buns, a nice way to unwind after a week at work. My recipe for hot cross buns is based on one by Elizabeth David, which I have adapted and actually assemble in a rather unorthodox way but it works for me 🙂

Hot Cross dough resting in oiled bucket

 

 

 

 

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Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns tend to be an all time favourite with everyone during Easter. Spiced buns have been eaten since spices have been around, but the custom of eating spiced buns in England on a Good Friday was established during Tudor times thanks to a by-law forbidding the sale of such buns, except on Good Friday, Yule time and burials.

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Easter Breads

Hot Cross Buns; Italian Colomba; Russian Kulich; Greek Tsoureki are some examples of traditional Easter breads to name a few. I would like to invite everyone to add what other traditional Easter breads from around the world they know of as I find it a fascinating subject area!

It has been suggested that the word Easter is derived from Eostre which is the name of the mythological pagan Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Light and Spring. Special dishes were cooked in her honour during spring, which in the northern hemisphere is around Easter time. Research suggests that Easter was introduced to transpose  pagan festivities.

The use of eggs was forbidden during lent, one of the reasons why they feature so prominently during Easter celebrations as an ingredient. During lent one would expect a certain accumulation of the forbidden product and the end of lent was the first opportunity to use up the surplus. In addition to this, eggs represent rebirth,  a symbolic representation of Christ’s resurrection. Spices also feature prominently in Easter breads as their use signifies something special to mark the breaking of lent.

I invite you to follow my little breadcrumb shares on this subject area as we approach this year’s Easter festivities! Do you have a special Easter favourite?