As Easter approaches, a flurry or preparation occurs. While that preparation varies according to tradition, one area of heightened activity seems universal: the kitchen. All over the world, people whip up sweet treats in celebration of this festive holiday. Here’s a glimpse at Easter around the globe.
A favorite Easter treat in Finland, pulla is a braided bread spiced with cardamom. It can be served as a braided loaf (as pictured) or as individual knots.
Paskha — a rich, sweetened farmer’s cheese — actually derives its name from the Russian Orthodox Easter and is served in Russian homes to officially end the meat and dairy-free free Lenten fast.
3. Pacoca de Amendoim
If you’re a fan of peanut brittle, you’d probably enjoy Pacoca de Amendoim — a traditional Brazilian peanut candy. Pacoca is typically served during Easter parades.
4. Hot Cross Buns
Do these look yummy or what? Popular in London, these sweet spiced buns are served on Easter in England. The cross on the top is added by design to symbolize the crucifixion of Jesus.
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5. Coconut Cake
In many Southern states of the U.S., coconut cake is a staple on Easter Sunday. Sometimes, the icing is tinted in pastel colors, and sometimes the coconut is even dyed green to mimic the appearance of grass (in which case it is decorated with tiny chocolate eggs, of course).
6. Colomba di Pasqua
Easter in Italy simply wouldn’t be the same without this dessert, fondly known as the “Easter Dove.” the bread is shaped like a bird either using a special mold or with the hands.
7. Hungarian Shortbread
Hungarian shortbread, or omlos teasutemeny (oom-loosh TAY-ahsh-soo-teh-men-ee), consists of two layers of buttery dough with a thin layer of jam between. The crumbly texture is achieved by freezing the dough and grating it.
8. Greek Easter Bread
This beautiful braided bread is served in Greece during Easter. Also known by the name Tsoureki, it is traditionally perfumed with the essence of makhlepi, or Mediterranean wild cherry seeds. It is spiced with mahleb, but can be substituted with cinnamon. The red egg baked in the center is dyed red to symbolize the blood of Christ, with the egg being symbolic of His tomb.
9. Mona de Pascua
This Spanish Easter dessert is almost too beautiful to eat. Almost. But people in Catalonia, Spain truly do enjoy this sweet Easter cake which is traditionally decorated with hard-boiled eggs — although, as you can see, chocolate eggs are also used.
Yes please! A Mexican bread pudding, capirotada is full of flavor thanks to cinnamon, piloncillo, cloves, raisins, and nuts.
In Finland and Sweden, mämmi is the go-to Easter treat. A traditional Scandinavian dessert, it’s a delicious blend of water, rye flour, powdered malted rye, dark molasses, and dried orange zest.
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