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.
4/11/16:If you are following the old calendar and need your traditional Pascha (Paska) Bread it’s available from St. Athanasius Bakery. See below.
We are selling our baked goods at the church hall behind the rectory (please call ahead at 317-632-4157) and 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 sweetened with honey, sugar & vanilla and enriched by adding lots of eggs, butter, milk, and (optionally) raisins. The egg-rich bread has a very soft crumb and a golden color due to the additional egg yolks. 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). It makes a beautiful addition to your Easter Basket and a great centerpiece for your Easter dinner table.
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. Many customers have told us it makes great french-toast.
Prices shown below include handling charges for shipment. Prices at local venues are lower. Please place your order by Wednesday, April 20, 2016 to assure you get your selections by old calendar Pascha (Easter) Sunday, May 1.
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 14 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
12/21/15: Our cookie trays this year include: Mexican wedding cakes, peanut butter blossoms, pizzelles, kolachy, ginger cookies, decorated sugar cookies, decorated chocolate-dipped pretzel sticks, chocolate-dipped apricots, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate carmel buttons topped with either pecan, walnut, M&M chocolate or M&M mints. We’re still making decorated corn flake wreaths and a few other varieties. The 6 dozen tray is $20 and the 10 dozen tray is $30. Our other baked goods items & pierogies are available while the supply lasts. Please call 317-632-4157 before coming to the church hall so we can anticipate your arrival and build more cookie trays if necessary. Also consider coming Christmas eve (Dec. 24)for Holy Supper (velija or Stedry Vecer which will include: wine, pirohi, haluski, bobalki, pagach, mushroom soup, salmon, shrimp cocktail, garlic, honey, Christmas bread, potica) at 6 p.m. and followed by Great Compline of Christmas service at 8 p.m. Christmas services on Friday, Dec. 25 will be held at 9 a.m. Festal Morning Prayer and 10 a.m. Festal Divine Liturgy. Remember that Jesus Christ our Savior is the reason for the season!
12/2/15: We can tell that it’s the holiday season. In the last week we received orders going to the states: FL, IL, KS, MD, MI, MO, PA, TN and WA. We will be baking Thursday & Friday to fill some of theses orders and to prepare for the Carmel Winter Market this Saturday and taking some to Whiting, IN for the Midwest St. Nicholas Day Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 6. And people are calling the church to come by and pick up their favorites. Thank you for you patronage. Come on down to St. Athanasius.
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!
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.