Easter recipes from around the globe

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Come April 21st, many of us can’t wait to delve into a hollow chocolate egg and not feel guilty about it.

But for the rest of the world, Easter Sunday isn’t just about hot cross buns and mounds of chocolate; many other countries have unique traditions with their own special dishes.

So, with Easter just around the corner, let’s take a trip around the world to see just how others celebrate the weekend.

 

Greece

Commonly called “Easter bread” in Greek communities, Tsoureki is a sweet holiday bread made from yeast flour, sugar, butter and milk, decorated with a red-dyed Easter egg.

Sometimes named ‘Armenian Easter bread’, this twisted bread is traditionally shared and usually gifted to family members in celebration of the Easter weekend. For the Greeks, food plays a huge role in any celebration, and this bread always takes centre stage.

Fun fact: Tsoureki's three-braid design symbolises the holy trinity.

Find the recipe here.

Tsoureki bread

Photo credit: King Arthur Flour

 

Spain

Also celebrating Easter with bread, Spain indulge in the ancient and simple dish, Torrijas.

A Spanish twist on the much-loved French toast, Torrijas are flavoured with cinnamon and vanilla, smothered in beaten egg and then fried.

Very popular in lent and ‘holy week’, Torrijas are definitely for those with a sweet tooth, and are a nifty way of transforming stale bread into something really special.

You can find the recipe here.

Photo credit: carolinescooking.com

 

France

Straying from sweet treats, the French like to celebrate with a savoury dish: a good ol’ leg of lamb.

Officially named ‘Le Gigot D’agneau Pascal’, leg of lamb is the ultimate traditional Easter dish and in France, it wouldn’t be Easter without it.

If you have more of a savoury than a sweet tooth, this French tradition might just be for you this Easter weekend.

Grab the recipe here.

Le Gigot D’agneau Pascal

Photo credit: Amiel/Sucré salé

 

Russia

Alongside their sweet Easter showstopper, the ‘Pashka’, which is a cheesecake-like dessert topped in flaked almonds and glace cherries, the Russians like to celebrate with a savoury ‘Easter Pie’; otherwise known as a ‘Kurnik’.

Filled with juicy chicken, eggs, rice and a rich mushroom sauce, the ‘Kurnik’ is a traditional dish for which the shape and crust-type varies from family-to-family.

You certainly wouldn’t be going hungry with this Russian Easter staple.

You can find the recipe here.

Kurnik

Photo credit: Alliance Bakery LLC

 

Italy

Italy celebrates Easter with a dish named ‘Colomba di Pasqua’ or ‘Easter Dove’: a kneaded panettone-like bun traditionally flavoured with candied peel and topped with sugar and almonds.

More recently however, these Italian staples are often topped with fresh berries, rich chocolate and sweet spreads.

A true symbol of the beginning of spring, this treat is moulded into the shape of a dove to represent the bird that flew back to Noah holding an olive branch.

Experiment with the recipe here.

Photo credit: King Arthur Flour

 

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