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Apr 6, 2004 09:13 AM

Are there any Traditional Easter Desserts?

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A friend is holding several family dinners over over the course of Easter and I would like to bring some dessert.

My friend is no help insisting I need not bring anything but I was wondering what if any desserts are typically eaten at Easter time?

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  1. Make kulich! Lovely sweet easter bread, Russian, quite similar to a pannetone. I haven't made this at home yet, though, so I can't recommend any recipes from personal experience.

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    1. re: drdawn

      There is a yummy-sounding kulich available from Zingerman's mail order (definitely not inexpensive).


    2. Hot cross buns? Kind of hard to find, but the local Costco had them last weekend.

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      1. re: Gary Soup

        Hot cross buns are a LENTEN specialty. They are a plain roll with a little icing that is to signify the austerity of the lenten season - compared with the rich pazckis that are served on the days PRIOR to Lent.

        I would serve a rich torte or something very festive for an Easter celebration.

        1. re: jlawrence01

          Hmmm - I don't think this is true, at least not around these parts (the UK).

          Hot Cross Buns are meant to commemorate Easter (hence the cross). They're not that frugal by historical standards: sugar, white flour, dried fruit.

          The recent trend in UK supermarkets to sell them from February onwards is a bit like when those same stores insist on selling Christmas novelties in September.

          1. re: jlawrence01


            I have just noticed how old this post is :-/ Anyway, just incase there is any doubt remaining, here in the UK, hot cross buns are most definitely not 'lenten'. They are an easter specialty and are piled on the shelves in their thousands during the easter period.

            RE easter dessert, I'm having a similar issue as hot cross buns would really not be an acceptable dessert for a dinner party.

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          bob oppedisano

          In New York, at least, traditional means ethnic. Speaking only of what I've known, you might try pastiera, an Italian ricotta cheese cake studded with softened, sweetened wheat grains, and available now at every Italian pasticceria. Versions at Alba and Villabate in Bensonhurst, Court St Pastry in Carroll Gardens, and DeLillo near Arthur Avenue are all fine. Italians also make a sweetened yeast bread that's not strictly speaking a dessert. But pastiera, a crown in Neapolitan cooking, is. Buona Pasqua.

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          1. re: bob oppedisano

            Yes, pastiera, and also cassata. Enjoy!

          2. I am in the same situation, and have decided to purchase and bring a "carrot patch" cake from a local bakery (carrot cake, cream cheese frosting, decorated with bunnies). Trite, but easy and fits the occasion.

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              Val Ann C (formerly Val G)

              My mother always bakes a lamb cake -- dense yellow cake baked in a cast aluminum mold and decorated with white frosting. Black jelly bean nose. Green coconut "grass" for a border.


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                1. re: babette feasts

                  I was recently mesmerized by a local access TV show that had a baker at Mike's Pastry in Boston's North End decorating a lamb cake. He worked with such ease and the program was so unproduced that I've been broken of my Food Network habit. He also did marzipan and white chocolate lambs.