Easter Pashka | Eastern European Dessert

Easter pashka

Are you looking for new Easter dessert ideas? Holidays are a time for traditions and traditional foods. However, it’s always nice to see something delicious and new on a holiday table.  So, here’s something new!  Have you ever heard of Pashka?

The Origins: What Is Pashka?

Pashka (often called Pascha, Pasha, or Paska) is an Eastern European Easter dessert popular in Christian Orthodox communities.  Easter Paska is also a traditional dish for many Greeks, and even Finns.  However, the origin and original recipe come from Russia. Pashka is a cheesecake-like dessert (minus the crust) with a sweet custardy texture.

Most often you’ll see it garnish with candied orange or lemon zest along with nuts to enhance its festive nature. This dessert is a symbolic representation of the tomb of Jesus Christ. Traditional recipes require that Pashka be formed in the shape of a pyramid with an XB engraving (Celtic for ‘Christ has risen).  If you can’t find a wooden mold, you may use a regular pudding bowl instead. Then use the candied zest and nuts to create the symbolic XB letters.

These letters originate from Russian and stand for “Христос Воскрес” (Christos voskres) — “Christ is risen.”

How to Make This Eastern European Dessert?

You will also appreciate the no-bake process that makes this recipe easy and hassle-free.  Please, remember to make it a day before to give it sufficient time to set. Pashka can also be used as a quick educational lesson for the young ones after they have settled down from their fun egg hunt. Easter is a very welcomed time of the year. It’s a time of rebirth in nature and a time for rebirth in our Christian faith.

“People come together with their families to celebrate Easter. What better way to celebrate than to spend a few hours going on the journey of Christ’s life.” – Roma Downey