Five Easter Recipes from Around the World

We've given you Christmas recipes and Valentine's Day recipes to try and with Easter is coming up soon, how better to celebrate it than getting all traditional and reminding yourself of what Easter is all about with family and some food. Perfect to try out at home for something new, even better to try out if you're in either country mentioned below that boasts one of their own Easter traditional foods.

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Colomba di Pasqua, Italy

Similar in taste to the Italian Christmas bread panettone, Colomba di Pasqua is a candied peel-stuffed cake that is often shaped like a dove; which represents peace or Christ. It’s made of natural yeast, butter, flour, sugar and eggs, this traditional Easter loaf, commonly served throughout Italy. Of course there are plenty of different family takes on this recipe but here’s one we found for you to try out this Easter.

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Paskha, Russia

“Paskha” means “Easter” in Russian, but it is also the name of this traditional Easter dessert. Made primarily of cream cheese and cottage cheese—foods traditionally forbidden during Lent—it’s speckled with dried fruit, moulded into a pyramid shape and stamped with the letters “XB,” which stand for "Christ has risen" in Cyrillic script. You can also go out all out with your decorative style or keep it simple, it really is up to how festive you’re feeling, check out this Pashka recipe.


Hot Cross Buns, UK

No British Easter would be complete without a hot cross bun, a sweet spiced bun marked with a cross etched and/or frosted along the top. Many believe the tradition was started by the Anglo-Saxons, who crossed the buns to honour the four quarters of the moon. Now the cross is widely used to symbolize Jesus’ crucifixion. If you’re totally feeling like getting in the kitchen here’s a good hot cross bun recipe to try out for yourself.

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Tsoureki, Greece

This brioche-like bread, flavoured with an essence drawn from the seed of wild cherries,flavoured with orange and a spice called Mahlab (also called Mahlepi) and  is often decorated with hard-boiled eggs that have been dyed red, to symbolise the blood of Christ. Every family has their own version of this special recipe but here’s one you can try yourself.

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Paçoca de Amendoim, Brazil

Commonly referred to as just “Paçoca”—not to be confused with the salty meat dish of the same name—this Brazilian Easter treat is made of crushed peanuts, sugar and cassava flour (and has a taste likened to the insides of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup - yummy). Usually served at Easter procession walks this sweet Easter treat is always a hit and is best paired with a hot drink! Here’s the recipe for you to try out making your own Paçoca this Easter.

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If you have any of your own traditional Easter recipes why not share them with us below! Happy Easter.