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.