Paska for Easter - a loaf of love
March 29th, 2013
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CNN photojournalist John Bodnar is a second-generation Slavic-American whose grandparents emigrated from Eastern Slovakia, and his mother’s Carpatho-Rusyn ethnicity is the prominent influence for his cultural and family traditions. Previously, he wrote about haluski.

I’d like to introduce you to the Easter bread that we called Paska. It is a two dough bread that incorporates cheese and raisins, and the arduous process that can take up to SIX hours to prepare. There in no wonder that this bread was made only once a year. I can’t imaging how my grandmother, who had 10 children, could find time for anything, let alone spending so much time for baking bread, plus the rest of the meal preparation.

It will always be one of my favorite foods. I will occasionally make a small loaf, but it is never as good as Mom’s. When I visit her, frozen Paska is always “forced” upon me and I take it home with me. Outside the Easter tradition, it is amazing when toasted and covered with butter. Oh yes, did I mention Paska with a hot cup of coffee?

Get John's family recipe - Slovak soul food: Paska for Easter

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  1. Annette Winbery

    I am also second generation Slovak. I make the Paska every year, but it was more of a sweet yeast bread, no raisins.
    It was baked in a round shape, with a circle braid on top.
    We try to observe the traditional Easter brunch feast, and it is so nice to see others acknowledging their heritage.
    Thanks you for that..

    April 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
  2. JoyJoy

    Thank you for writing about your wonderful Slovak family recipes! I can only guess that you grew up in or near Johnstown, PA like myself. I live in Colorado now and I miss those wonderful cabbage-filled hearty foods from home. Now that Easter dinner has come, it is time to make ham, cabbage and potato soup like my Polish-Hungarian father would make.

    March 31, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
 
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