Pascha Bread is a sweet, egg-rich round bread made for Pascha Sunday (Easter.) It is typically blessed in church on Pascha morning and is one of the traditional foods in the Easter Basket. A decorated pascha bread is a stunning centerpiece for your Easter dinner table. At St. Athanasius we took a tried-and-true recipe, Aunt Julia’s Pascha Bread, and improved on it. While we won’t “spill the beans” as to the exact recipe we will tell you about the modifications. Namely,
- substitute some honey for a portion of the sugar – for flavor, and honey is a natural preservative
- Add citrus – produces a wonderful aroma and elegant taste
- Let it rise 3 times before baking – adds depth of flavor but takes longer
When making lots of paschas how do you tell which ones have raisins?
Answer: We put 3 raisins in the bottom of the container. Why 3? The Trinity!