Traditional Easter Foods For A Special Celebration


What Traditional Easter Foods Do You Have on Your Festive Table?

Easter eggs
Image: Pixabay

Before listing a few traditional Easter foods, let’s take a minute and recap why a big part of the world celebrates Easter.

Easter – Meaning and a Brief History

Easter is the Christian celebration of Jesus’ resurrection three days after his horrific killing by human fellows.

Chronologically (according to the Bible), Easter or Passover in Hebrew has been celebrated 1500 years before Jesus’ time, since the Israelites’ liberation from Egypt.

Etymologically, the Latin word for Easter – Pascha, of Aramaic origins – is at the base of the names for this religious holiday in all Latin languages today (Paşte in Romanian, Pasqua in Italian, Pâques in French, Pascua in Spanish and Páscoa in Portuguese.)

The English word is newer and has Anglo-Saxon roots leading back to a Teuton goddess, Eostrae, to whom people offered sacrifices around the spring equinox.

Historically, Jesus’ crucifixion happened around Passover. In a desperate attempt to maintain their power and domination over a large chunk of the world as they knew it, the Romans provided the context to the only known miracle: the resurrection from the death of one man they feared would undermine their dominance. The greed for evermore power is such a human peculiarity!

What boggles the mind is that a few centuries later, the same Romans have set the foundations of a whole new religion on the same atrocious event they allowed to happen in the first place out of fear of losing power! Idiosyncratic – another synonym for uncanny! Oh, how I love words and their meaning!

The exact date of the crucifixion is shrouded in controversy. As a result, this year, I will celebrate Easter a month later than most of you since the Christian Orthodox religion has set the date a week apart from the Catholic one. Humans do funny things, especially if they have a certain degree of power; who am I to judge?

I’m not even going there. Anyone curious can read mountains of books, search all lost and recently found Dead Sea scrolls, and put together all the missing pieces.

To some, history (if recorded accurately and without bias) might matter more than a form of mass control and manipulation or another. However, many agree that there might be a force that keeps the universes out of chaos, whatever people call it. Let’s not forget that religions have changed often and have been either monotheistic or polytheistic in human history. This was people’s choosing, as it fitted them and the interests of those in power.

History, though, has a habit of repeating itself. I briefly mentioned the similarities between Mithras or Zalmoxis and Jesus in my posts about time travel and autumn walk. Likewise, new beliefs overlapped or adopted and modified old ones over time. But there must be an origin to everything.

Humankind has seen a few crucial turning points, and we might very well face a new one. Sadly, we also have a habit of not learning from mistakes; hence, history always gets a chance to repeat itself.

Although the new generations gradually show less interest in religion, the historical and anthropological facts remain beyond the myths.

Romanian Easter eggs
Romanian Easter Eggs. Image: Pixabay

A Holiday Important Enough to Deserve Traditional Easter Foods

Since we still have a reason to celebrate Easter, what better way to contemplate our fate as a species than through enjoying our traditional Easter foods?

Thanks to a few fellow food bloggers, I put together a few traditional Easter recipes from different parts of the world. Hopefully, they will inspire you to cook or bake something other than what you traditionally prepare for the Easter feast.

Whatever you choose to make, please take a minute to think of our religious holidays’ meaning beyond consumerism and, whatever you believe, remember that kindness does not cost money, although it is priceless!

Happy Easter!

Traditional or Fun Easter Foods For A Special Celebration

Pasca: A Traditional Romanian Easter Cake

Recipe provided by theworldisanoyster.com

Easter pasca

Pasca is a specific Romanian Easter cake filled with sweet cheese and raisins. The recipe consists of a basic Romanian cozonac dough or the Italian version of it, Panettone, with added sweet cheese filling.

Simple Easter Egg Sugar Cookies

Recipe provided by buttercreamparties.com

Easter egg sugar cookies

The sure way to impress little people and adults alike is by offering them cute cookies. Find your favourite buttercream cookie tutorial and more ideas for Easter on the website.

Pastiera Napoletana

Recipe provided by cucchiarella.com

Pastiera Napoletana

An absolute delight, this Italian Easter cake is based on a beautiful marine legend. Check the website for all things Italian, mouth-watering goodies.

Cozonac

Recipe provided by theworldisanoyster.com

cozonac

This special festive nut and fruit-filled treat has plenty of history and goodness. At Easter, the Romanians would bake enough loaves to feed an army, although only the family and guests would indulge! Cozonac is to us the best among all the Easter foods we will have on the festive table!

Easter Crack Toffee Candy

Recipe provided by homeatcedarspringsfarm.com

Easter Crack Toffee Candy

Try an easy dessert that will bring spring colours to your festive Easter table. This treat requires only two ingredients and imagination to decorate it.

Traditional German Easter Bread with Marzipan and Almonds

Recipe provided by mydinner.co.uk

Traditional German Easter Bread with Marzipan and Almonds

Are you feeling artistic? Have a go at a beautiful wreath bread with a rich history behind it and a step by step tutorial. Other Easter treats are available on the website, including a lamb shaped cake and a Hefezopf.

Sicilian Easter Bread Baskets

Recipe provided by breadbakes.com

This is a beautiful recipe with fascinating family history and loving memories shared with the younger generations. Check the website for all you need to know about different types of bread for all occasions.

Sweet and Easy Vegan Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

Recipe provided by therunningbaker24.com

Sweet and Easy Vegan Carrot Oatmeal Easter Cookies

These treats suit various diets and are healthy and easy to make, and could be a favourite cookie on the festive Easter table!

Easter Chick Cookies

Recipe provided by emilyfabulous.com

cute easter cookies

Creativity knows no limits in baking! Cuteness by sprinkling is a sure way to have fun while baking and impress when serving.

Fluffy Easter Bunny Cake

Recipe provided by theworldisanoyster.com

Fluffy bunny for Easter foods ideas

Not precisely an Easter food in the traditional way, a fluffy Easter Bunny cake is more of a fun baking idea, especially when little helpers get involved.

Quick and Easy Vegan Challah Bread

Recipe provided by therunningbaker24.com

Quick and Easy Vegan Challah Bread, traditional Easter foods

A vegan Challah bread is fun to bake, not to mention that it makes an excellent side for other recipes on this list and not only!

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

Recipe provided by theurbenlife.com

VEGAN CINNAMON ROLLS (TANGZHONG METHOD)

These chewy rolls are delicious and easy to make and will surely look good on any festive table; besides, they suit perfectly a healthy lifestyle.

Easter Bread With Raisins

Recipe provided by coffeefitkitchen.com

Easter Bread With Raisins

This celebratory bread is so yummy you might want to make it any other time, not only at Easter! Did I mention how easy it is to make? Well, it is!

Incredible Snickerdoodle Cake

Recipe provided by givemetherecipedammit.com

Easter back-up recipe

There can be no Easter without dessert, but if you ever need an emergency backup, look no further. This recipe has a funny backstory, too!

Double Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns (vegan)

Recipe provided by rainbownourishments.com.

VEGAN HOT CROSS EASTER BUNS

This Easter, bake a few vegan hot cross buns with two types of chocolate chips. They are fluffy, will melt in your mouth and are better than store-bought!

Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs

Recipe provided by momthelunchlady.ca

Easter deviled eggs

A decadent and hot appetiser, deviled eggs should be present on any festive table, no matter the occasion. At Easter, they complement the coloured eggs beautifully.

Rainbow Carrots In Tarragon Brown Butter

Recipe provided by senseandedibility.com

RAINBOW CARROTS IN TARRAGON BROWN BUTTER

Rainbow carrots make a scrumptious side dish to share with loved ones at the Easter table. Perfect for lamb and not only.

Easy Riz Cantonais

Recipe provided by cheapdeliciousdinner.com

EASY RIZ CANTONAIS (CANTONESE RICE)

If you plan an Easter foods picnic, this is a popular Madagascan recipe with Asian influences, easy to make and carry in a picnic basket.

Pepper Crusted Racks Of Lamb With Horseradish Creme Fraiche

Recipe provided by giangiskitchen.com.

 Easter foods: traditional lamb

The pepper-crusted rack of lamb with horseradish crème fraiche is a wonderful combination of peppercorns, lemon zest, garlic, fresh herbs, and panko—a tasty outer crust over a perfectly juicy lamb.

Slow Roasted Shoulder of Lamb

Recipe provided by greedygourmet.com.

slow-cooked shoulder of lamb

This slow-cooked shoulder of lamb is one of those memorable lamb recipes that will remain with you forever. It’s one of those wow dishes that you can proudly serve to a special someone or for your family on a special occasion

Leg Of Lamb With Fresh Mint Sauce

Recipe provided by whatagirleats.com.

Leg Of Lamb With Fresh Mint Sauce

Leg of Lamb with Fresh Mint Sauce is studded with garlic and roasted with rosemary, salt and pepper. It’s the perfect Easter meal or Sunday supper.

Welsh Lamb and Pumpkin Pie

Recipe provided by intheplayroom.co.uk.

Welsh Lamb and Pumpkin Pie

A traditional Welsh recipe for all seasons and perfect for Easter, too!

Classic Passion Fruit Daiquiri

Recipe provided by senseandedibility.com

CLASSIC PASSION FRUIT DAIQUIRI (SHAKEN)

This is a spring shaken cocktail that goes perfectly with any of the above. According to its creator, passion fruit “transcends seasons and cultures”. I believe her. I have tried many of her creations and will surely have this one at Easter!

Easter Gifts and Crafts Ideas

If you are looking for teen Easter baskets ideas this year, you might find inspiration in this teen collection kindly provided by dailychristmasinspo.com.

For younger kids, there is plenty in this post put together by Sarah at journeyforjasmine.com. You’ll find many cute ideas that will make Easter a lot more exciting for the entire family.

This time last year, the world was still dealing with total lockdowns. At the moment, there is hope the pandemic will soon reach an end. I also have immense hope that the insane war and suffering in Ukraine will be over before the Orthodox celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.

Perhaps we all need to take a minute and reconsider the past couple of years and all that it meant to each of us and humankind collectively. If we are as smart as we believe we are, we will never allow history to repeat ever again! And we will have health, peace and traditional Easter foods on our table!

There is hope for our species!


The World Is An Oyster

Working as a journalist during university was pretty exciting. But landing a cruise ship job barely a year in my new graduate career was something else! Overnight, I moved from an already exhilarating job to an even better one. One that would allow me to wake up every morning in a different country. What more can a twenty-something wish for? The fact that I was fluent in a few languages helped. It made it easier to obtain the position I was seeking at the Shore Excursions department. Apart from dispatching tours in the morning and selling tickets in the evening, I would spend nearly every day on different trips. I did this a few years, spending half a year onboard and about two months at home. I enjoyed it immensely. I met fascinating people from all over the Globe and collected memories to last me a lifetime. Not to mention that I received a salary for seeing all those magnificent places the Earth has to offer! In an ideal world, everybody should live as they want. For me, that would translate into travel, then travel some more and keep travelling!

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54 Responses

  1. Jeanine says:

    This collection of recipes is great for Easter, I can’t wait to try some this year, for something different…thank you for adding them in one place

  2. dave says:

    HAPPY EASTER – we love easter egg hunt

  3. Sarah says:

    Great list of recipes here! Thanks for putting so many in one place!

  4. Susan says:

    Thank you for this great collection of recipes!

  5. Emily says:

    Love this collection of delicious recipes and I learned something new!

  6. So many wonderful recipes, thank you for including my favorite too. Easter is so traditional in our house as well and you just introduced me to a couple more dishes to try, Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb sounds divine.
    Thank you and Happy Easter!
    xoxo

  7. nancy says:

    great round up of awesome easter recipes!

  8. Jill says:

    What an amazing collection of recipes for Easter and so much information too! Thanks for putting this together!

  9. Jerika says:

    This is awesome!:) YUM! YUM! Amazing collection of traditional Easter foods!:) Will make sure to try each one.:) Thank you!

  10. Maya says:

    I love this round up! Such a great variety of recipes to choose from! I’m excited to try the German easter bread.

  11. Gloria says:

    This Ukrainian girl does remember making those beautifully decorated eggs. Baba made the best Easter bread. Lots of great traditions in this informative post.

  12. Nora says:

    Yum yum! Such an amazing list! I’m going to start with the deviled eggs and then move on to the fluffy Easter bunny cake! 🙂

  13. Sandra Ans says:

    Wonderful post! I really love to learn about other cultures, cuisines, and traditions! From all this list there are so many things I would love to try, but Romanian Easter Cake and Bacon Cheddar Eggs took my attention the most! Thank you for a great job of putting all these recipes together!

  14. Patrice says:

    Love all the delicious recipe ideas and photos. Pastiera Napoletana is my favorite. Lots of interesting background info too!

  15. Kara says:

    Those chick cookies are SO cute and those cinnamon rolls look AMAZING! I can’t wait to try some of these ideas out! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Happy Easter! All of these recipes look so delicious. Totally would love to try these out.

  17. Thanks so much for all these creative Easter ideas! Will have to try some of these soon!

  18. Julian says:

    Great Post. Thanks for the little history to remind us what Easter is all about. Loving these recipes. I don’t think you include it here, but I also liked the Hot cross bun recipe from “therunningbaker24” and what it symbolizes. The cross in the buns symbolizes Jesus’s crucifixion on the cross, and the spices in it represent the spice they used to embalm his body. Thought that was pretty cool! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Kevin Foodie says:

    Love the Easter recipes. I apprecite your presentation the history and meaning of Easter.

  20. Mae says:

    I love the variety of recipes here. So much to choose from, and I have my eye on a couple of recipes for the Easter celebration. Thank you!

  21. Betty says:

    These are all awesome recipes. My favorite would be the Romainian Cake.

  22. Hadassah says:

    I enjoyed so much this post about traditional Easter foods! Easter is my favorite holiday and here in Bulgaria, we prepare a cozonac. It is one of my favorites, but I spotted two recipes in your post that I definitely want to try out: the Pasca and the Pastiera Napoletana. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  23. Sarah says:

    Some of these foods look absolutely amazing and appear to appeal to a variety of taste buds. And I recognize a lot of the recipes that you included 🙂

  24. As a kid, I was always excited and intrigued about what was going to be on the Easter table. The excitement never vanished, it’s just now I am the one that decides what’s going to be on the Easter table, lol! Thank you for sharing all these ideas with us.

  25. Adriane says:

    The sugar cookies are adorable. Great list!

  26. how interesting! love seeing all thebeautiful photos!

  27. Sue says:

    What a fantastic collection to choose from! I want to make them ALL!

  28. I love this roundup of very delicious tasting recipes. Thanks for sharing the history of Easter. It was a great read. There are so many wonderful recipes to try, I’m not sure which one to try first. Happy Easter!

  29. These recipes all look and sound fantastic! I also enjoy reading your thoughts about the history behind Easter. Thank you for sharing this post and including so many great bloggers. 🙂

  30. Marita says:

    I love your history if Easter. Thanks for including my Easter Bread. All the recipes look delicious. I probably have a classic passion fruit daiquiri while choosing which recipes to make.

  31. Emily Flint says:

    Such a wonderful collection of amazing recipes for Easter! Thanks for adding in my cookies :). I want to make all of these so I better start celebrating now!

  32. Gabriela says:

    All this good food has me drooling. Everything looks amazing.

  33. Great post and round up of recipes!

  34. CookBakeLive says:

    Such great information about the history of Easter! I’m adding that Snickerdoodle cake to our Easter menu. Yum!

  35. Fabiana says:

    What an amazing post!
    I love that you mentioned the religious origins of the Easter celebrations.
    I’m a big fan of traditional recipes, so I’m proud to be part of this immersion in all around the world Easter dishes, and I’m really curious to try some of these recipes!

  36. Jeannie says:

    so many to choose from! I cant wait to make another easter bread:) Thanks for including mine excited to try the others

  37. Easter is my favorite holiday! I love all things Spring and memories of family Easter celebrations, Easter bonnets, pretty dresses, new shoes, flowers bursting forth from the wet ground and of course, Easter foods! Thanks for including me in this round up of delicious goodies.

  38. Marta says:

    What a great roundup of Easter recipes! I can’t wait to try them all.

  39. This is a wonderful post! Thank you for including my deviled eggs!

  40. Leah says:

    I love this! Thank you so much for including my cookies. I’m excited to check out the other recipes. Have a Happy Easter, Mihaela!

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