British cross buns. A tradition for hundreds of years. Photo: Shutterstock
British cross buns. A tradition for hundreds of years. Photo: Shutterstock

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Easter treats around the world

Even though Easter is a religious festival, this time of year is synonymous with sweet sensations and each country has its own “must-have” pastry.


During Semana Santa (Holy Week), many families share a mona de Pascua. This Easter cake, which resembles a large doughnut-like bun, is traditionally decorated with a hardboiled egg on top, although the modern version sometimes features an edible Easter figure instead. The bun is often accompanied with hot chocolate.


For many Brits, Easter would not be complete without a couple of freshly baked hot cross buns. These sweet-spiced buns have been eaten for hundreds of years, and the cross has a religious significance. The buns are traditionally eaten warm with butter on Good Friday.Russian Kulich cake. Photo: Shutterstock


In many Orthodox Christian cultures, families bake a Kulich cake. It often has icing on top and is decorated with flowers or sprinkles. The cake can also be stuffed with almonds and candied fruits and flavored with saffron or cardamom. Traditionally, a priest should bless the cake before it’s eaten at the Easter vigil, but today many bakeries sell their own modern versions of the traditional holy cake.


Nega maluca is a traditional Brazilian chocolate cake that is baked for the Easter holiday. It is rich in flavor and is often served to help soak up leftover alcohol from the holiday festivities.


A capirotada is a kind of sweet bread pudding made of toasted bread that has been soaked in syrup and spices. The soaked bread is then mixed with nuts and dried fruits. Capirotada is normally served on Good Friday, and the bread is originally a symbol of the body of Christ.

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