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The gastronomic symbol of Easter in Ukraine is Paska — sweet ritual buttery Easter cake. There are many recipes for baking Paska, they vary from region to the preferences in each family.

The most common is a fluffy Paska backed of white wheat flour with the addition of raisins, nuts, spices and candied fruit. Traditionally, Paska is baked on Monday, Thursday or Easter Saturday. Here is a recipe for traditional Ukrainian Easter cake with dried cranberries and hazelnuts by chef V’yacheslav Popkov which is included in the book ‘Ukraine. Food and History’ created by Ukrainian Institute and Їzhakultura.

Ukrainian Paska recipe
by chef V’yacheslav Popkov

In Section V. Ceremonial cuisine, you will find not only recipes for Paska, but also traditional for Ukrainian Jews matzah and challah, and for Crimean Tatars — kobete, khalakhai.

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