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Traditional Easter Paska Bread Recipe

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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Ukrainian
Keyword Easter Paska Bread
Prep Time 6 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4 medium paskas
Calories 1141kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


For the Starter:

  • 1 envelope Instant Yeast 7 grams
  • 1 cup whole milk lukewarm
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water lukewarm
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

For the Dough:

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2/3 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 2/3 - 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • zest of two oranges
  • 1 cup dried fruits
  • 1/2 cup almonds ground
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg yolk for brushing


  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • About two hours ahead of time, add raisins to a medium bowl and cover in hot water. Set aside. After two hours, drain and place on paper towels to dry.

For the Starter:

  • Add yeast and sugar to a large bowl, stir to combine. Pour warm milk and water, stir to combine, melting the sugar.
  • Start adding the flour, little by little, stirring to incorporate.
  • Once combined, cover with a clean towel and set aside in a warm place for about 2-3 hours, until the dough is 2-3 times larger.

For the Dough:

  • Whisk egg yolks with sugar and salt until smooth and creamy.
  • Separately whisk egg whites until they resemble soft, firm clouds.
  • Add the egg yolk mixture to the bowl with the dough, gently stir it in. Preferably this should be done using your hands, to make sure you don't over-beat the dough.
  • Next, add the very softened butter, salt and vanilla, and using your hands or now a mixer with the hook attachment, gently stir in the butter into the dough.
  • Next, add the egg whites, and slowly beat until fully combined. Add the flour and stir until combined. Knead the dough in the bowl, make it into a ball, cover again with a clean kitchen towel and transfer the bowl to a warm place. Let it rest for 2-3 hours.
  • Using a food processor ground the almonds, so they almost resemble almond flour.
  • Add ground almonds, orange zest, dried fruits, and raisins to the dough. Stir well to combine.
  • Use butter or baking spray to grease the Paska Baking Forms, if desired, cut and add parchment paper inside.
  • Fill them with dough halfway. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let them rest for 30-40 minutes, but not longer.


  • Adjust oven rack in the middle or lower in the oven.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Whisk remaining egg yolk and brush the tops of the Paskas.
  • Transfer into the oven and bake for 30-45 minutes, a toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.
  • Once done baking, transfer to a wire rack and let them fully cool.


  • Add all the ingredients to a large bowl. Whisk on high speed until firm clouds form.
  • Distribute the glaze equally over the top of the paskas.
  • Let the glaze settle and only after that sprinkle with rainbow sprinkles if desired.
  • Serve and enjoy.



Calories: 1141kcal | Carbohydrates: 128g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 65g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Cholesterol: 466mg | Sodium: 654mg | Potassium: 680mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 73g | Vitamin A: 2050IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 224mg | Iron: 4.6mg