It might be all chocolate for some, but the celebration of Easter means a host of other baked goods abroad that you probably haven’t even heard of before. So if you’re looking to wow your guests this Easter, go ahead and give one a try — it’d be a shame to miss out on these drool-worthy snacks.
10 amazing Easter treats from around the world
KulichIf you've visited the home of friends from an Eastern Orthodox country — like Russia — for Easter, there's a chance you've enjoyed a slice of this panettone-like bread. Iced and decorated with colourful flowers and sprinkles, it's usually paired with pashka, a cheesy side dish.
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PashkaDairy is one of the forbidden foods during Lent, so this recipe featuring curds of cheese, eggs, cream and butter is a real treat. Dried fruit and nuts up the yum factor even more. This dish is also traditionally shaped in a pyramid to symbolize Christ's tomb, and is often eaten with kulich.
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SemlorThese cardamom-infused buns from Sweden are filled with almond paste and a swirl of whipped cream. Also, they're the perfect baking project to tackle during the Easter long weekend.
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KoulourakiaWrap up your Easter meal with these Greek shortbread-like cookies that go perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee. They're crumbly, not too sweet and are redolent of vanilla, lemon and sumac. The kids will love decorating them with sesame seeds and sprinkles, too.
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Italian Easter BreadGuests of all ages will adore these little braided egg baskets, which double as picture-perfect centrepieces as well. You can top them off with Swedish pearl sugar like this blogger does, or let the kids go wild with different coloured sprinkles.
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Pastiera NapoletanaIn Naples, Italy, no Easter feast would be complete without Pastiera Napoletana. Legend has it that this rich orange and lemon-scented ricotta pie was invented by a nun as a tribute to the resurrection, hence the addition of eggs, which represent new life and spring.
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Hot Cross BunsThese are perhaps the most universally recognizable Easter treats served on Good Friday from England and Australia to India and South Africa. Sweetly spiced and studded with raisins, they're paired with a slather of heavenly salted butter.
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Simnel CakeTypically made in the U.K., this rich fruitcake is laden with marzipan, spices, butter and eggs — a celebration of all ingredients banned during Lent. It's moist, sticky and completely drool-worthy. The 12 marzipan balls topping the cake are also said to represent the apostles.
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Mona de PascuaWhen these gorgeous cakes pop up in stores around the Catalonia region of Spain, it's a sign that Lent is coming to an end. There are different versions available, but this one consists of a biscuit-like cake with buttercream and apricot jam, covered in toasted almonds.
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ChipaAnise seeds and cheese are the dominant flavours in this Paraguayan bread, which is traditionally baked during Holy Week and distributed to family and friends. The bread has a chewy texture and isn't a challenge to make as long as you can locate cassava flour.
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