Baba would make these and sometimes solicit my help to grate the potatoes. It took a few tries to learn not to get my fingers in the way of the grater. Today, the food processor makes the grating so much easier and faster. I still, however, prefer using the fine side of a box grater. The processor just does not produce the same texture. You can always do half with the box grater and half with the food processor. It depends on how pressed you are for time.
Just in time for Easter!
The scratch version of Ukrainian Easter Bread (Paska) that was posted earlier in the month is now available. Head to the recipes to give it a go.
Paska is the traditional Ukrainian Easter bread. Its golden colour and distinct flavour are attributed to the addition of saffron, orange and lemon zest and golden raisins. This is the way Baba made it. Saffron is expensive and not easy to find. It is, however, what makes this bread unique.
The golden colour of Paska is symbolic of spring, the return of the sun, rebirth and the rising of Christ. It is customary to decorate the top with a scrolled cross. Those more creative would add dough birds and more elaborate dough ornaments. On Easter morning, the Paska, and decorated Easter eggs (pysanky) would be taken to church to be blessed.
Patricia Caine (nee Rusnak) is originally from Thunder Bay, ON. Both her parents came to Canada from the Ukraine. She has put these recipes together as a tribute to her parents, for her family and Canada's 150th.