Easter Paska Bread Recipe [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 6 reviews

Breads and Muffins Easter Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 40 minutes

Easter Paska Bread is a traditional Eastern European recipe that is the perfect sweet addition to your Easter meal. It is easy to make and the perfect dessert.

There are so many different ways to make bread or similar versions of this kind of bread. Try recipes, such as: Homemade brioche bread, Lemon Bundt Cake, and Keto Bread with Coconut Flour.

Homemade Easter Paska Bread

Easter Paska originated in Eastern Europe which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus on Easter day. There is a swirl on the inside that represents the resurrection of Christ and everyone enjoys the body of Christ on this day. As a traditional Easter recipe, shops up in Polish tables for many years. But enough about history! Let’s get back to food.

I love the sweetness of this dish especially when I put a little slice of butter on top and enjoy it with some kind of tea. I prefer to eat this with black or fruity tea because the flavors taste better. The sweet cream on the top called “Hrudka” is a lovely glaze that sits right on top and melts into the bread.

Because of the number of eggs in the recipe, the flavor and the cake is more dense and rich. It’s a family tradition since I can remember, and it is one of the best homemade paska recipes we’ve made.

What is Easter paska bread?

It’s traditional sweet bread that has a light sugar glaze over the top.  It is a bread traditionally served with tea and eaten at the end of an Easter meal.

However, you can enjoy it for breakfast with some savoury eviled eggs as well. It resembles a bit in texture and flavor of the Italian panettone bread, and is super delicious!

Where to buy Polish Easter Paska bread?

You can usually find it during the Easter holiday in many European stores, especially the Eastern European ones. If you have a close-by in a Polish market, there is a good chance they have it during this time of the year. But your best bet is to use this recipe and make it at home!

Recipe for Paska bread and baking advices

This totally depends on the size of the paska you are trying to bake. However, for this recipe, follow the below steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and brush it with a beaten large egg and two tablespoons of water.
  2. Then, place in the oven and bake it for about 15 minutes.
  3. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake it an additional 40 minutes, or until golden.
  4. Cover the top of it with aluminum foil so that it does not brown.
  5. Take it out of the oven and turn it onto a wire rack until it is cooled completely.

Is Easter Paska Bread sweet?

Yes. This polish Easter bread is definitely on the sweeter side. It has butter, sugar, eggs, and raisins, which gives it a nice sweet tone to it. However, it is not overly sweet, so you can enjoy it with other meals as well.

How to decorate the top of easter paska bread?

Braid, cross swirl, rosettes, there are so many ways that you can decorate the paska. Also, by combining 2 cups of powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice together to make a glaze for the top of the paska.

Also, add any sprinkles of your choice to make it fun and Easter themed! If you are a chocolate fan, you could melt some white or black chocolate and glaze the top as well. There are so many ways to top it, just go with what you like, it will taste amazingly delicious.

How Long Does Paska Bread Last?

If kept at room temperature, it will last for up to 3 days. To extend it for a longer time, we recommend wrapping it up and store in a dry place or refrigerate for up to 5-7 days.

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5 from 6 reviews

Easter Paska Bread

Easter Paska Bread is a traditional Eastern European recipe that is the perfect sweet addition to your Easter meal. It is easy to make and the perfect dessert.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 medium paskas
Prep time: 6 hours Cook time: 40 minutes Total time: 6 hrs 40 mins


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Nutrition information

Calories: 1141 Carbohydrates: 128 Protein: 18 Fat: 65 Saturated Fat: 33 Cholesterol: 466 Sodium: 654 Potassium: 680 Fiber: 6 Sugar: 73 Vitamin A: 2050 Vitamin C: 3.4 Calcium: 224 Iron: 4.6
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So delicious and easy! Can’t wait to make these for dessert



Your paska breads are so pretty! Just lovely to make for Easter!


Chrissie Baker

Oh my… I love paska bread! This is a family tradition that we do during every easter! Thanks for sharing the recipe!



I like paska bread. Thank you so much for your post the bread looks delicious. I will have to attempt to make it for Easter!



What an adorable idea! My kids are going to love helping make these!



Loving this Easter bread! Looks perfectly festive!



Dear, Thank you very much for the recipe, but have you not forgotten to write when we are going to add second portion of the flour (2-3 cups)? After the egg whites (step 5 of the dough)?


oops after the egg whites :) sorry, I updated the post.


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