This is my very first Easter as a married woman, and my first Easter as an official Mennonite (well, at least with a Mennonite last name!!). So, I decided that I needed to do something that loads of Mennonite women do around this time of year which is make PASKA bread!
The first time I heard about Paska was right after last Easter. I had been working in a Mennonite church for about two months, and the lead Pastor brought some in the first day back at work after Easter for our prayer meeting first thing in the morning. I can’t remember now whether or not I actually liked it, but it was something I’d never heard of before.
Doing a quick google search, I found out that Ukrainians also make paska bread, and they are really serious about it. I wish I had known that before I started baking, otherwise I would not have been playing music for the whole time … I was told last year that the reason for paska was because during lent, many people give up much of what goes into the bread, so at the end of lent everyone has a tonne of eggs because their chickens didn’t stop laying eggs because of lent. They also had a lot of milk, because they couldn’t exactly stop milking their cows during lent either. So, the recipe for traditional paska called for a lot of these things because everybody could finally eat them again.
One of the gifts we received at our wedding was a recipe book called “Mennonite Girls Can Cook”. I’ve used a few of the recipes in there before, and this was the first one that I would say is a more traditional recipe! You can find the recipe I used here!
Before! Waiting for the dough to rise!
After! It worked!!
I love how they turned out, and my husband said it was the best paska he’s ever had! which is pretty awesome 🙂
Hope you have an amazing Easter!