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’re through ordering, just checkout. Note that we do have other items for sale at the church hall and local markets that we don’t ship at this time. If you see something you like that you want shipped certainly ask – we’ll see what we do for you.
Springtime! That means you can get your traditional Pascha (Paska) Bread from St. Athanasius Bakery. See below.
3/4/15: This week will be baking Wednesday through Friday. The pierogi are in great demand because they are a traditional Lenten food. At this past Saturday’s Carmel Farmers Market we sold out of 2 varieties of pierogi, some flavors of potica rolls and our new Veggie Garlic Dip. So in addition to the Eastern European authentic foods we are also offering a new line of foods that not only please your palate but include raw ingredients and help you live a healthy lifestyle. The awesome dip is very similar to hummus (we enhance it with turmeric) and quite different from our very popular garlic scape cream cheese dip introduced in June 2014 (see towards the bottom of this page for a detailed description.) We just made another batch of our new Protein Bar – totally vegan, only raw ingredients and, like the Veggie Garlic Dip, so healthy. Try some this weekend at the Carmel Farmers Market Saturday 9-noon. Note: all the other markets we typically attend are now closed until May 2015. Your other two options are calling 317-632-4157 and coming to the church to pick up baked goods during the week before we take them to the Saturday market (or request that we bring them to the market for you) or ordering online. Thank you for your interest. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon. May God grant you a blessed week and a truly spiritual and prayerful Great Fast!
The Easter bread (pascha or paska) is a large round loaf of bread, made of bread 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 with Raisins $19 / without Raisins $18
Medium Pascha with Raisins $16/ without Raisins $15
Small Pascha with Raisins $10/ without Raisins $9
(weights are minimum)
|PASCHA||PASCHA with Raisins|
|LARGE (2 lbs 4 oz)|
|MEDIUM (1 lb, 5 oz)|
|SMALL (1 lb)|
Potica Half Rolls – $10.00 each (shown in the pictures below)
Potica 13-inch Roll – $18.00
|flavors||5-6″ Half – Roll||12-13″ Full Roll|
|NUT WITH RAISINS|
|APRICOT w/ CREAM CHEESE|
|CHERRY w/CREAM CHEESE|
|RASPBERRY w/ CREAM CHEESE|
|ALMOND w/ WHITE CHOCOLATE|
|CHOCOLATE-VANILLA ALMOND TWIST|
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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.
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 (You don’t have to wait until the fall. We freeze our pumpkin puree and use it throughout the year.)
1,234 1,207 1,118 pizzelles
1,158 0 0 wonderful waffles (Only 100 calories. Made from oats, not wheat. We use stevia and honey, not sugar.)
2,380 242 258 Slovak pirohi (Polish pierogies, W. Ukraine pyrohy, E. Ukraine verenyky)
5,547 4,326 ? Christmas cookies
NUT ROLLS (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 (1.5 lbs.) 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 butter) 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.)
“The biscotti is the best on the planet!”
“The poppy seed roll and kolachy are the best.”
“You have a ringing endorsement from me for your Wonderful waffles. I was so happy Saturday.”
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
1/19/15: Happy New Year! Our parish and baking volunteers want to thank our customers for their patronage in 2014 and the twenty something years before that! This will be our 16th year at the Carmel Farmers Market. 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 2015. Our baking has stretched from a single day every 2 to 3 weeks in 2008 to its current 3 days every week in 2015. It’s still a volunteer effort with parishioners, neighbors, and other parishes’ members helping us out. If you’d like to volunteer for even a partial day please give us a call. Thank God for all the wonderful talent he has provided. May God grant you and us a healthy, peaceful and prosperous new year!
10/22/14: Cooler weather and fall are here. Pumpkin rolls are selling lot hot cakes – most likely because we bake ours with original ingredients and everyone loves real cream cheese filling. Sorry no canned pumpkin here – our pumpkin rolls are made from scratch. We laboriously wash, cut, de-seed, cook, skin and puree pumpkins from this past fall season. We made enough puree for 81 pumpkin rolls and have another dozen large pumpkins to cook for plenty more pumpkin rolls. Unlike the grocery store version that contain about 25-30 ingredients in their pumpkin rolls, we use only 10 ingredients and nothing artificial. If you are a mother, grandmother, etc. then we encourage you to show your little ones how to start with a pumpkin and end up with pumpkin roll, pumpkin pie, and so on. They need to learn how to prepare their own food. But if you want to save the mess and time then buy our delicious pumpkin roll. We do all the work and you get to enjoy the fruits of our labor without the mess.
6/24/14: The latest addition to our unique selection of products at the markets is the garlic scape cream cheese dip. (Garlic scapes are the seed head to the hard-neck garlic plant.) First we make garlic scape pesto from garlic scapes, extra virgin olive oil, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice & zest, salt, and pepper. To the garlic scape pesto we add cream cheese, more extra virgin olive oil & Parmesan cheese and radishes. Thus far comments we’ve received: “It’s awesome!” and “That is so good.” We serve the dip with carrot or celery sticks or pita chips. This healthy snack will be in limited supply for a couple more weeks since the garlic season for 2014 is now over. (The last of the garlic scapes were picked 6/23/14.) Come to the markets or church to pick up this “to-die-for” cream cheese dip before it’s all gone. Fresh garlic bulbs will be available starting next week.
We sell our baked goods at the church, on the internet and at these markets:
Carmel Winter Farmers Market Saturdays up until March 14, 2015 at the Wilfong Pavilion at Founders Park, located just north of the intersection of 116th Street and Hazel Dell Parkway – 9 a.m. until noon. The outside market will start the 1st weekend in May 2015 and continue through the final week of September 2015. The summer market hours are 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Binford Farmers Market on Saturdays starting in May 2015 at Lawrence North High School (north of 75th Street on Hague Road) – 9 a.m. to noon.
Southport Farmers Market starting May 12th,2015 on both Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Fridays from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. It’s located at 2028 E Southport Road (Southport Antique Mall parking lot.)