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Healthier Russian Easter Paskha

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Traditional Russian Easter paskha, a festive dish made of cottage cheese (tvorog), butter, dried fruits and vanilla. This paskha recipe is healthy and incredibly delicious. Serve it as a spread for sweet Easter bread (kulich) or as a dessert.

 

Healthier Russian Easter Paskha - Three Vertical Images of the Served Paskha

 

Today I share a well-loved recipe of Russian Easter paskha, a festive dish made of cottage cheese (tvorog), butter, dried fruits and vanilla. I remember my grandmother making it for Easter, and I was looking forward to it every year. It’s very delicious and goes perfect with kulich, a sweet Easter bread.

 

Healthier Russian Easter Paskha with a Piece Ready to Be Served

 

Russian Easter menu is always very broad, with some traditional must-have dishes like Russian deviled eggs, naturally dyed and beautifully decorated Easter eggs, kulich and paskha. In former times it was common to cook up a 48-course Easter menu, one course for each day of fasting!

 

Nowadays, it’s a bit less extensive, but the tradition to serve a big variety of nutritious and wholesome dishes with a lot of dairy products and eggs still exists. Russian Easter is all about excessiveness, delicious food and dyeing tons of eggs with onion skins.

 

Healthier Russian Easter Paskha Two Pieces on a White Plate

 

“Paskha” literally means “Easter” and is a part of every Easter festive table. Paskha is usually molded into a pyramid, symbolizing the tomb of Christ. I didn’t have a pyramid-shaped mold, so I made it round instead.

 

The taste is close to a cheesecake without the crust, but is more rich and the texture is more dense.

 

Healthier Russian Easter Paskha with a Pink Beauty on Top

 

I tried to make my paskha as light as possible, so I skipped eggs and heavy cream, which are usually present in traditional recipes. I added raisins but you can feel free adding your favorite dried fruits or candied citrus.

 

Healthier Russian Easter Paskha Overhead with One Piece Cut Out

 

Making paskha may look complicated but believe me, it isn’t. The process is similar to making fresh cheese: cottage cheese is wrapped into a piece of cheesecloth, hung to dry over a bowl, then the sweetening agent is added and hung again over night. Final part (and the most fun) is to give it a desired shape and to decorate it with chopped nuts and flowers or whatever is on your mind.

 

Traditionally, the letters X and B are carved on paskha, which stands for the Cyrillic version of the Easter acclamation “Christ is risen!” (Христос Воскрес). The top of the dish can be also decorated with a candle, but in this case make sure to lay a piece of paper on top, so that the wax doesn’t drop on your food.

 

Healthier Russian Easter Paskha on a Green Plate with One Piece Missing

 

Serve paskha along with kulich – traditional sweet Easter bread, lots of dyed and decorated hard-boiled eggs along with Russian deviled eggs and small appetizers like Russian mushroom caviar, mini buckwheat pancakes or traditional Russian pancakes.

 

Here is my version of paskha for you to enjoy this Easter! What is your favorite Easter recipe? Leave a comment below!

Healthier Russian Easter Paskha with a Piece Ready to Be Served
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Russian Easter Paskha

Traditional Russian Easter paskha, a festive dish made of cottage cheese (tvorog), butter, dried fruits and vanilla. This paskha recipe is healthy and incredibly delicious. Serve it as a spread for sweet Easter bread (kulich) or as a dessert.
Course Dessert, Breakfast
Cuisine Russian
Keyword paskha, paskha recipe, Russian Easter recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 14 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 331kcal

Ingredients

  • 500 g or 2 1/4 cups cottage cheese
  • 60 grams or 1/3 cup raisins (or other dried fruits, chopped if needed)
  • 1/2 lemon zest and juice
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 80 grams or 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 50 grams or 1/2 cup or 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 250 g or 1 cup mascarpone
  • 3 tablespoons chopped almonds to garnish, or other nuts
  • 2 teaspoons sugar pearls to garnish

Instructions

  • Lay out cheesecloth over a strainer, put cottage cheese on it and knot the ends or use a rubber band to secure the cheesecloth. Hang it over a bowl for 2 hours.
    Healthier Russian Easter Paskha Steps 1 Collage
  • Meanwhile, mix raisins with lemon zest and juice in a small bowl. Cut the vanilla pod lengthwise and scrap the seeds with a teaspoon. Add them to the raisins. In a separate large bowl, combine brown sugar with butter.
    Healthier Russian Easter Paskha Steps 2 Collage
  • When the cottage cheese it ready, squeeze it well to get extra moisture out. Add the raisins mixture, mascarpone and cottage cheese to the bowl with butter and stir well until combined. Put the paskha back in the cheesecloth and secure the ends as before. Hang it over a bowl overnight.
    Healthier Russian Easter Paskha Steps 3 Collage
  • When it's ready, you will have about 110 ml or 1/2 cup of moisture in a bowl. Use it for other dishes, like pancakes or bread. Use a strainer as a mold. Put the opened cheesecloth with paskha in a strainer, press it with the plate on top, turn over and remove the strainer and the cheesecloth. Decorate with chopped almonds or other nuts, sugar pearls, candles, flowers, candid fruits or as desired. Enjoy!
    Healthier Russian Easter Paskha Steps 4 Collage

Notes

The active cooking time is just 20 minutes. Paskha has to be drained for 2 hours + over night.

Nutrition

Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 250mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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Healthier Russian Easter Paskha with a Flower and a Pot in the Background

 

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Elena Szeliga is the founder of Happy Kitchen.Rocks, where she shares delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food, from weeknight dinners to veganized classics and gourmet appetizers. Her recipes have been featured at Better Homes & Gardens, BuzzFeed, Country Living, The Kitchn and Reader’s Digest. Her mission is to help cook easy vegetarian and vegan meals with simple and fresh ingredients. Read more about Elena.

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