Traditional Easter Cakes Around Europe

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What do Europeans eat for Easter?

Easter is a pretty important holiday in Europe, and it’s celebrated in a big, fancy way with a lot of food! It is not only about painted Easter eggs… but cakes too! Traditional Easter Cakes

For many countries, Easter is as important as the Christmas holiday and people start preparing things, days or even weeks in advance in order, to make sure everything is ready. European countries have different traditions when it comes to celebrating Easter such as the Bunny bringing presents in Romania. Water fountains in villages are decorated with colorful bows and flowers in Switzerland. French children wake up early in the morning to find the hidden eggs in the house or yard.
We have analyzed the cakes each country is preparing for Easter and we came up with the top 6 Easter goodies!

Italy: Colomba di Pasqua

Sweet bread is a popular thing in Italy and not only for Christmas when Italians eat panettone (really amazing), but also for Easter. Colomba di pasqua is filled with fruits and sprinkled almonds. The shape of a dove symbolizes peace.

Greece: Tsoureki

Another sweet bread cake, but braided this time! Tsoureki is gently sweet and soft, the texture reminding of a brioche. The three-strand braids symbolize Holy Trinity, and tsoureki is usually served with red painted eggs, a symbol of Christ’s blood.

Spain: Rosquillas

Spain celebrates Easter by eating Easter doughnuts, or at least they are similar to doughnuts! Their texture is more of a cake-like one. They can be either fried or baked and the way Spanish people eat it can differ from region to region. Some are dusted with sugar or dusted in different icings.

Romania: Pasca

Pasca is a very, very soft, panettone-like bread filled with a cheesecake centre. The name comes from the Romanian Easter term and as many Easter breads it symbolizes the risen Christ. But what makes the Romanian pasca unique from other Easter cakes is the farmer’s cheese filling that is mixed with raisins. This blends in with the soft bread that you cannot even tell the difference between the cheese and the bread.

United Kingdom: Hot cross buns

These sweet-spiced hot cross buns have been eaten for centuries in the United Kingdom! The inside is filled with currants and raisins, while on the outside the icing is used to make a cross, which symbolizes the crucifixion of Jesus. The hot cross buns are usually served on Good Friday and no British Easter would be complete without one.

Germany: Osterlamm

This Osterlamm looks lovely and it makes you think twice before digging in… Baking or purchasing it has been a tradition passed from generation to generation for years. The Easter lamb cake is usually served on Easter day and we can only imagine what is it like to wait that long!

Easter is an important holiday and a reason to bring the family and friends together and spend quality time. And there is no better excuse for eating as many traditional Easter cakes and Easter chocolate eggs as you want than during this time of the year.  Traditional Easter Cakes

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