Every Easter, my mom use to make Paska. It’s a Mennonite traditional dessert that’s a cross between bread and cake. Basically, it’s a sweet bread that you ice, then slice and slather with fresh butter. One slice is never ever enough, so fair warning!
Our family would always devour it! I remember her baking lots and freezing some so there’d always be a quick dessert fix to enjoy. But if you could land a fresh piece or 5 on the day it was baked, NOTHING else mattered.
I’ve personally never made it before because I’ve never had to! But with my mom no longer with us, I’ve been mulling over whether to give it a whirl.
And then who comes knocking on my door this fine AM? My neighbour Janette. She brings over this beauty and you can bet I was all over it! And last year it was neighbour Corinne! Yup, our neighbours indeed take care of us.
Anyway, this amazing paska disappeared before noon. Gone. *POOF* It was sooo delicious!
The inside is pale yellow due to the high egg content with a zesty lemon and orange tang. No pics of it cut… because once you cut and eat, you can’t stop.
And icing smothered on top is a MUST. My mom use to heavily ice the entire thing so no bread was showing and if you landed the icing edge, it was like winning the lottery. 🙂 A lighter glazed icing on top like this was less rich which enabled you to eat more. 🙂 It was perfect!
My mom had her own amazing recipe, (which I can’t locate) however Janette did share where she got this one. And let me tell you, it was amazing.
You can find the recipe at Mennonite Girls Can Cook on THIS POST.
Or THIS POST. There are two variations.
And HERE’S even a gluten free one.
Thank-you Janette AND Mennonite Girls! 🙂
My son was also invited next door to join their family’s Easter egg hunt. After I hung up the phone, I disappeared for a moment to gain my composure. My son hates to see me emotional. 🙂
We miss my mom’s warm laughter and tight hugs. But I’m positive my mom is equally grateful for the kind of neighbours we have right about now. And so are we.
May your Easter be extra special and meaningful to you. We have so much to be thankful for after all.
H a P p Y e A s T e R f R i E n D s !
Do you have a special Easter tradition of some kind?
I’d love to hear about it!
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