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Mar 29, 2013 10:39 AM

Easter bread or paska in TO?

Anyone have any recs for good Easter breads (paska, etc) available tomorrow?

I realize Orthodox Easter is in May, so the Greek, Russian and Ukrainian Easter breads aren't going to be for sale this weekend.

Happy with any type of Easter bread- central European, Italian, Portuguese, etc. I saw the Portuguese Easter bread at Venezia last year. Has anyone tried it?

With Granowska's closed, I don't know where to get Central Euro Paska.

Is Prague open yet? It was supposed to re-open in Feb. The old website is no longer functional. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/882149

Thanks for any suggestions.

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    1. Chicago on Roncy has large and miniature chalkas [Polish for challah--egg bread], and I'll assume Benna's bakery farther south does, too.

      1. Natalie's Kitchen in Etobicoke will have both paska and babka available tomorrow in limited quantities. Just saw this on their Facebook page.

        1. Thanks, everyone! Turns out Serano on Pape has baked up some tsourekia even though Greek Easter is 5 weeks away.

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          1. re: prima

            ^^^ooohhh!!! Must check this out :) Thanks!

            Anyone have a suggestion for fresh pulla in Toronto?

            1. re: prima

              Le Select also had Easter breads on Friday.

            2. I've been following Forno Cultura's Instagram photos of their Easter bread in progress. They're baking some tomorrow.

              Has anyone bought any Easter bread yet? Realize I'm asking a week early!

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              1. re: prima

                Forno Cultura's Colomba di Pasqua costs $20/ loaf. I'd think they still have some in stock today. Apparently the loaves will keep for 3 weeks at room temp (better to keep at room temp than freeze, according to the owner). I bought a loaf. They're baking another batch next weekend.


                1. re: prima

                  I decided to try a slice of the Colomba. The flavour and texture is similar to a classic Panettone, but it is drier than the Panettone I usually buy. It has a nice flavour. I just prefer an Easter Bread that has more of a brioche-type texture. I didn't try Forno Cultura's Panettone, so I don't know if their Panettone was similar, in terms of texture and dryness.

                  I like all the amaretti, biscotti, panini, pastries and regular breads I've bought at Forno (I'm a huge fan of Forno Cultura, and have brought pounds of their other baked goods as gifts), but I don't think I'll buy another Colomba di Pasqua from Forno Cultura.