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Bake Goods

St. Athanasius creates fresh, homemade baked goods year-round – for special occasions, or just because they are so tasty. Nut Rolls, Poppy Seed Rolls, Kolachy, Biscotti and Pumpkin Log are all available online for you to buy. We’ve made it simple: Click on a button to order and when you are through ordering, just checkout. Enjoy, and thanks!

4/9/14: If you want your baked goodies for Easter we must ship them by Tuesday, April 15th. To bake them we need your order now since we have 3 bake days left between Thursday and Monday. On Thursday we will make a large batch of pascha dough and more to fill outstanding orders. On the bake list we also have potica rolls, kolachy, hdruka, wonderful waffles, biscotti and pumpkin rolls. So get those last-minute orders in now so you can enjoy your Eastern European bakery items with your Easter celebration.

Medium pascha on top and LARGE on the bottom

Medium pascha on top and LARGE on the bottom

The Easter bread (pascha or paska) is a large round loaf of bread, made of white flour and enriched by adding lots of eggs, butter, milk and (optionally) raisins. On top it is decorated with a crown and/or a cross. It symbolizes our Lord Jesus Christ, Who ‘‘came down from heaven to give life (eternal) to the world” (cf. Prayer for the Blessing of the Bread).

We make the traditional Pascha of our Slovakian heritage. There is both lemon and orange zest in our delicious loaves for a beautiful citrus aroma and elegance.

You can order your Pascha in three different sizes, and with or without raisins.

Large Pascha without Raisins $18 / with Raisins $19
Medium Pascha without Raisins $15 / with Raisins $16
Small Pascha without Raisins $9 / with Raisins $10

PASCHA PASCHA with Raisins
LARGE (2 lbs 6 oz.)
MEDIUM (2 lbs)
SMALL (1 lb, 6 oz)


Half Rolls – $8.50 each (shown in the pictures below)

13-inch Roll – $15

flavors 5-6″ Half – Roll 12-13″ Roll
NUT (walnut)Nut Roll halves
POPPYPoppy Seed halves
APRICOTApricot Roll half
APPLE-CINNIMONApple Cinnamon Roll half
CHERRYCherry & Cherry-cream cheese roll halves

Pumpkin Log with Cream Cheese filling. $15Pumpkin Log


Kolachy $12.50 dozen.Kolachy


Biscotti Biscotti
Six grande (large) – $9.50


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We always sell our baked goods out of the church location on the near south-west side of downtown Indianapolis. Just call ahead to make sure we have your selection in stock. Currently we’re selling our goods only at the church since the Farmer’s Markets don’t gear up until May 2014.

Come early to snatch the best selection to take home. Please call 317-632-4157 to schedule a pick-up at the church. The baked goods are sure to be a flavorful, traditional Eastern European and/or Italian dessert for you, your family and friends.

How many rolls did we make in 2011  through 2013? As of 1/1/2014 the counts are:

2013    2012     2011

1,296    1,351   1,175 potica rolls

631           186          55 breads – herbal (rosemary&garlic), pascha

2,435   1,932   1,016 biscotti

12,147 6,243   4,145 kolachy (1 customer buys 10 dozen at a time.)

321            231       183 pumpkin logs

1,234    1,207   1,118 pizzelles

1,158             0            0 wonderful waffles

2,380      242       258 Slovak pirohies (Polish pierogies, W. Ukraine pyrohies, E. Ukraine verenyky)

5,547      4,326        ?  Christmas cookies

(a.k.a. potica, povitica, Orechovnik, Orevnitza, Orehnjaca, Makoweic, Kaláč, Kolachki, Beigli, Strudla – just to name a few)

Our Traditional Rolls are made with care. They consist of a sweet bread dough (“the dough is so good”) which is rolled around various delicious fillings. Each full roll is 12-14 inches in length. The nut roll weights in at 18 ounces or more.  Our premium quality rolls are very reasonably priced. Each roll is wrapped and then bagged by hand to lock in the freshness and wonderful flavor. You can keep them in the freezer for many months.
We make the scrumptious dough and walnut, poppy seed, apricot and lekvar (prune) fillings from scratch with all natural ingredients. For example, we finely grind whole poppy seeds and make our popular poppy filling with milk, butter, lemon zest, honey and sugar. We don’t take short cuts like those who buy canned “poppy butter” made with corn starch and strange preservatives. The only preservative we add to these fillings is natural honey.

We’ve bought some of our walnuts from Haag Family Farm in Esparto, CA so you can be sure the walnuts in our filling are fresh and healthy.

(Here’s a story on how a family in California used to gather walnuts for their rolls.)


Customer Testimonials

2013 market comments:

“This (Pascha bread) is fabulous!”

“Your rolls are great. Nut and apricot are our favorites.”

“This (raspberry roll) is really good.”

“My husband thoroughly enjoyed the pizzelles during Christmas.”

“We always enjoy your good stuff.”

“These (kolachy) are very good.”

“The kolachy didn’t make it out of the parking lot last week. We ate the whole dozen.”

“The kolachy last week were terrific. I need 2 dozen this week.”

“Those were the BEST pirohy I’ve ever had.”

“The nut and apricot rolls are excellent.”

Mail & email comments from 7 states:

Those (potica rolls) were some of the best my family has ever had, very happy Slovaks here!  … M.T. from IN

Today I brought in some of the biscotti to give to the three ladies and one man (the chef) who prepare the meals for school. I just went back for lunch and they were raving about your biscotti. The chef, Al, said your biscotti were superior to ones he has gotten from specialty stores. He and the other lady said you should consider selling them on QVC.   … M.D. from PA

Everyone loved them. David, our youngest son who lived in Slovakia for four years, said they were just like the rolls you get in Slovakia. Mary, our only daughter, shared them with her in-laws. Mother-in-law Carol (Slovak) said she especially liked the prune roll. She told Mary it was the best “Lekvar Roll” she ever tasted.  … P.S. from AZ

Our whole family loves the nut rolls.  We first found you at the Binford Farmers Market and went every Saturday to buy a nut roll for the week. Looking forward to receiving this order and I am sure we will be ordering many times during the years to come.  … J.M. from FL

Thank you for the delicious poppy seed & nut rolls. The only discord from my family was why I didn’t order more!  It is Awesome! Actually my family considers itself poppy seed connoisseurs & this rates as the best poppy seed ever!  … A.T. from OH

Our church sells nut rolls but we like yours better.  … T.K. from VA

The whole family loves the pumpkin rolls. … J.D. from NJ

Bring the herb bread, in addition to the pumpkin rolls, every time you come back east. … M.D. from NJ


3/24/14: Yes, the decorated pascha breads have already been popping out of the oven. We made a few last week so people can sample them and get their orders in early before we run out of time and volunteers to make them all. Right now we have a good selection of all that we bake in stock (except for the Irish soda breads which were made for St. Patrick’s Day.) Each week we plan to assemble more pierogi (we serve them every Friday evening after the 7 p.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy) and other bake goods as they fly out the door. Today we sold 4 pumpkin rolls and a nut roll. Biscotti was the big seller last Saturday. You can call and pick them up almost any day of the week including weekends. More volunteers are coming Thursday, March 27 to help bake. And we’re teaching the art of making pascha bread and maybe pysanky decorated eggs on the following Thursday, April 3. Call if you want to join us.

1/1/14: Happy New Year! Our parish and baking volunteers want to thank our customers for their patronage in 2013. Customers purchased over 30% more baked goods in 2013 than in 2012. We appreciate your confidence in our products. If you have any comments feel free to post them on this  page, email us or call 317-632-4157. Like you, we are looking forward to 2014. May God grant you and us a healthy, peaceful and prosperous new year!

We sell our baked goods at the church, on the internet and at these markets:

Carmel Farmers Market starting Saturdays May 3  through October 25, 2014 – 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Binford Farmers Market on Saturdays at the new location, Lawrence North High School (north of 75th Street on Hague Road), May 3rd until November 1st, 2014 – 9 a.m. to noon.

The parishioners of St. Athanasius the Great Byzantine Catholic Church thank you for your continued patronage. God bless you!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. monica permalink
    July 13, 2013 5:07 pm

    This is the first time I’ve had your biscotti. I bought them at the Carmel Farmer’s Market–from Paul–”Hi Paul”–and they are absolutely divine!! Whoever made them… you have been blessed with the gift of measuring, stirring, and baking to perfection. I am Italian (first generation), and will attest to their perfection! I look forward to the next batch.

  2. July 16, 2013 10:03 am

    Thank you for your comments. The baker’s are overjoyed that you liked the biscotti so much. We’ve got a few people with Italian heritage as well as Slovak, Ukrainian, German, Polish, Austrian, just to name a few.

  3. Whitney Hart permalink
    July 20, 2013 9:53 am

    I am absolutley in love with the wonderful waffles. Do you ever hire, or do you fuction with the help of volunteers? Either way, I would be interested in working with you all in some capacity. Let me know your thoughts.
    Whitney Hart

  4. July 28, 2013 3:00 pm

    Thank you, Whitney, for your feedback. We’re so glad that you like the yummy, as well as healthy, waffles. All the baked goods we sell from the church are made in the commercially-certified kitchen in St. Mary’s Hall just north of the church. It is entirely a volunteer effort. Last week’s volunteers Belinda, Al, Mike, Susan, Tory, Amanda and Richard made the baked goods sold at Binford and Carmel Farmers Markets. We had our biggest single day sale in July this past Saturday. This upcoming Wednesday, July 31, I plan to attend the Greenwood Farmers market from 2:30-5 p.m.
    We plan to be making more Wonderful Waffles sometime this week. (Some from the freezer are going to Houston, TX on Tuesday and some were hand-delivered to Philadelphia & Pittsburgh last week.) Other items like prosphora (Communion bread), potica rolls, biscotti, kolachy, herbal bread and pizzelles are on the to-bake list this week. Our “official” bake day is Thursday August 1 but we’re likely to be baking more than a single day. Call the rectory at 317-632-4157 and let us know if you’d like to volunteer to bake, package and/or sell. We encourage all interested people, whether experienced or novice cooks/bakers, to come and help. All proceeds go to the church. God bless you! … John D.

  5. Anonymous permalink
    September 30, 2013 7:57 am

    Absolutely LOVE the pumpkin roll and wonderful waffles! YUM!


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