What are people eating this Easter?
Below is a list of sweets and treats that aren't your traditional chocolate egg.
Baked or fried these doughnuts are made with fermented flour and dusted with sugar or rosemary. They are often soaked in anise liqueur.
The traditional Easter food in Denmark is drinkable. Paskeol, a slightly stronger beer is consumed every year around Easter.
Kulich: Bulgaria, Georgia and Russia
A Christian Orthodox tradition, Kulich cakes are individual cakes baked in tall tins. They’re often iced with white icing and decorated with flowers and sprinkles. After the Easter service, the cake is blessed by a priest.
A special Mexican bread pudding, it’s filled with raisins, cinnamon, cloves and cheese. Each ingredient acts as a reminder of Christ’s suffering. The bread is the body of Christ, the cloves are the nails, and the cinnamon sticks are the cross itself.
Mona de Pascua: Spain
Similar to a large doughnut with a boiled egg in the middle, this Easter food is cooked in many regions of Spain during the Semana Santa (holy week). Traditionally it is a gift Godparents give to their Godchildren.
Pinca: Eastern Europe
Pinca is eaten in Slovenia and Croatia at the end of Lent. It is a sweet bread marked with a cross.
The traditional Greek brioche bread is cherry flavoured and is usually decorated with dyed red hard boiled eggs. The red symbolises the blood of Christ.
Colomba di Pasqua: Italy
A candied peel-stuffed cake, often shaped like a dove. Similar to the Christmas bread panettone and pandoro. It’s made with flour eggs, sugar, yeast and butter and usually topped with pearl sugar and almonds.
A cheesy-pyramid of deliciousness. The Pashka mound is decorated with the letters XB from the “Christos Voskres”, the Russian for “Christ is Risen.” It is often served with poached pears or rhubarb.
Hot Cross Buns: UK, Australia
A British sweet-spiced bun marked with a cross. The bread has been eaten for hundreds of years and is enjoyed all over the UK and Australia. The buns mark the end of Lent fasting and are decorated with a cross. The cross signifies the crucifix and the spices, a reminder of the spices they used to embalm Christ at his burial.
The Marzipan-filled crumbly biscuit has been made for centuries in Malta. Eaten on Easter Sunday, it is traditionally shaped like a rabbit.