Easter Desserts Include Traditional Paska Bread Recipe

This Paska Bread Recipe combines cheese filling and bread dough for the most delectable of Easter desserts.

| January/February 2014

  • A loaf of delicious Paska Bread will be a welcome addition to any holiday gathering.
    Photo By iStockphoto/sinankocasian

Lois Severson, Marlton, New Jersey, remembers her grandmother baking an Easter bread that contained raisins and had a thick ribbon of cottage cheese down the middle of the loaf. The cheese ribbon baked into a golden treat that tasted wonderful, she says.

While several readers sent in their Paska Bread recipes — a traditional Slovak bread baked at Easter — not many of the paska recipes had anything resembling a golden ribbon running down the middle. Several recipes included dry cottage cheese as an ingredient in the bread. Most Paska bread loaves are braided and then twisted into a round pan to bake; and a variety of shapes and symbols are made of bread pieces and placed on top of the unbaked loaf.

A recipe similar to what Lois describes was located on About.com, posted by Barbara Rolek, who writes, “Romanian Easter Bread with Cheese Filling or paska appears on the table with cozonac. A Paska Bread recipe is similar to Polish kolacz. The term ‘paska’ means Easter and can be confusing because it can refer to many different Eastern European breads and cheese desserts served at Easter time. The fun is in trying them all! If you can’t find dry curd cheese, you might want to make your own farmer's cheese from scratch for this paska bread recipe.”


Recipe Box: Yeast Bread Recipes for Easter

Romanian Easter Bread With Cheese (Paska)

Yields 1 loaf

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