Easter dishes, part 1: Curd Pasha

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Hello everyone! All of us love Easter dishes and cannot wait for the holiday in order to eat these delicious meals. I remember since my childhood, how I was waiting these days in order to eat our Easter traditional cakes and some other dishes.

So, while the rest of the world finished celebrating and making Easter dishes, baking, we were just in the middle of that, because in Ukraine this holidays a week later.

Today`s post is about traditional curd desserts. I would call it that. It is hard to write the name of this dessert in English because these 2 letters you reading different from us, we read them separately.

A little bit about the history of Curd Pasha (Пасха) and another type of Easter dessert, Kulich (Кулич).

According to ancient tradition, the Lord Jesus Christ after His resurrection came to the apostles during their meals. The middle seat remained unoccupied, in the middle of the table lay the bread intended for Him. Gradually, a tradition appeared on Sunday, to leave the bread in the temple (in Greek it was called “Artos”). He was left on a special table, as the apostles did. Throughout the Holy Week, Artos is surrounded by religious processions around the temple, and on Saturday after the blessing is distributed to believers. Since the family is a small church, the custom of having your own artos has gradually appeared. This was the kulich (from the Greek. Kollikion – round bread) – a tall, cylindrical shape, bread from the pastry. This word is included in European languages: kulich (isp.), Kulich (fr.). Having an Easter cake on the table during the Easter meal, we have the hope that the Risen Lord is invisibly present in our house.

Curd Pasha (in Trebnik – “amelius,” that is, curd) has the shape of a truncated pyramid, which symbolizes the coffin in which the greatest miracle of the Resurrection took place. Therefore, on the upper side should be the letters “XB”, meaning the greeting “Christ is Risen!” or on Russian “Христос Воскрес”. On the sides of the garden-house (form), according to tradition, images of a cross, a spear, a cane, as well as sprouts and flowers symbolizing the suffering and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ are made.

On Easter days, Christians greet each other with a joyful, victorious exclamation “Christ is Risen!”. At the same time, kissing has been taken since apostolic times. By tradition, believers give each other red eggs. Tradition says that this custom originates from Equal-to-the-Apostles Mary Magdalene, who presented a red egg to Emperor Tiberius with the greeting “Christ is Risen!”. The egg serves as a symbol of the coffin and the origin of life in the very depths of it; painted red, it marks our rebirth by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Recipe: Curd Pasha

Ingredients:

500 g of cottage cheese
180 g sour cream
Sweetener to taste (I added 2 tablespoons of stevia)
Vanilla extract
Dry fruits, raisins
You can add a little turmeric, as I did

Cooking:
1. Curd mix well immersion blender, until a smooth and delicate texture. Add yogurt or sour cream (the resulting mass should be dense), vanilla, candied fruit or dry fruit, pre-soaked raisins, sweeten, mix well. ⠀
2. I cooked in a special detachable mold for Pasha. We fill the mold with gauze, spread the resulting curd mass, it must be well compacted. On the top put something heavy (I put the container with water) and leave it overnight in the refrigerator. ⠀
3. In the morning (or in 10 hours) we take Pasha from the mold. You can sprinkle with grated chocolate and nuts.
Enjoy your meal!

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