From Greece to Germany, and from pudding to eggs, Easter is the season to indulge in some great food. We’ve shortlisted 10 Easter delicacies from across the globe that you must try. Allow us to take you on a virtual tour of them.
Spanish Easter Torrijas
Torrijas is Spain’s answer to French toast. They’re even prepared in a similar fashion. Pieces of stale bread are soaked in sweetened milk, that’s flavored with cinnamon or vanilla essence, topped with beaten egg. This preparation is fried in oil and sprinkled with a mixture of sugar and powdered cinnamon. ‘Yummy’ is an understatement! Go to Spain now and eat them! Or else have them delivered to you via international gift delivery!
Czech Easter Bread
The traditional Easter celebrations in Czech might leave you a little red faced. Boys cut young, soft branches from willow trees and bend them into a whip. Then they take a basket and go around the neighborhood, visiting every house with female residents. They chase the girls with the whip, until the girls give them a decorated egg. This custom is no longer followed, but a lot of running, screaming and chasing still takes place. Embarrassing? Let’s just shift your focus to something more interesting for now. The Czech Easter bread that’s prepared during Easter festivities is a rich bread, adorned with raisins and almonds. No need to smear butter on it as it’s delicious by itself. It’s the kind of snack that you can have with your family at a dining table adorned with beautiful flowers.
British Hot Cross Buns
These buns are so popular that they have a popular nursery rhyme dedicated to them. No Easter celebration in the UK is complete without a hot cross bun. This English delicacy is a sweet spiced bun that’s marked with a cross that has been eaten for hundreds of years.
Now that we’ve talked about so many bread-related dishes, let’s just move our focus to something un-bread-like. Like fish preparations!
The Herring fish is caught during Easter time and is a popular Easter dish. Whether to have it pickled, raw or cured is not the question. The question is to decide upon the number of times you savor this delicacy. As per traditionally, this dish is served on a bun or alongside sour cream, rye bread or potatoes.
“Paskha” means “Easter” in Russian. This dish is made of cream cheese and cottage cheese (foods traditionally forbidden during Lent). It’s encrusted with dried fruits, molded into a triangular shape and stamped with the letters “XB,” which stand for “Christ has risen” in Cyrillic script. It’s a breakfast dish that’s usually eaten with thick-crusted breads. However it can be consumed plain as well.
Greek Koulouria Cookies
‘Koloura’ in Greek means round and twisted. These traditional round butter cookies get their name from their round twisted shape. These cookies are also shaped like small braids in the shape of the letter “S.” Koulourakia taste best when they’re dunked in coffee or milk.
Portuguese Roasted Easter Potatoes
Straight from the oven, this is one mouth-watering dish that comes from the Portuguese kitchen. It’s the kind of dish that you have when you’re celebrating Easter with your extended family; on a long table that serves at least 15 people. This dish becomes doubly indulgent when served with roasted lamb and a salad of leave and tomatoes. Here’s the secret to making the perfect Roasted Potatoes, boil the potatoes first for no longer than 10/12 minutes and then, right before putting them in the oven, punch them lightly with your fist. This way, the potatoes will flatten a little and you’ll get more surfaces for even browning and crisping in the oven.
Mexican Capirotada Bread Pudding
All the way from Mexico, this special kind of spiced Mexican bread pudding that’s filled with raisins, cinnamon, cloves and cheese. Interestingly each ingredient is said to carry a reminder of the suffering of Christ on the cross. The cloves represent the nails, the cinnamon sticks represent the wooden cross, and bread stands for the body of Christ himself. However eating this delicacy is quite the opposite of suffering.
British Panko Fried Scotch Eggs
This dish needs no introduction so let’s just jump to its simple yet, tongue-teasing taste. A boiled egg is trapped in minced pork meat, breaded and then deep fried. Yum! This one’s so delicious looking, that at the very sight of it, you might want to sink your teeth into it. (Even if it makes your mouth burn)
Brazil’s Paçoca de Amendoim
Not to be confused with the salty meat dish of the same name—this Brazilian Easter treat is made of crushed peanuts, sugar and cassava flour. The easy-to-dole-out candy has long been served during holiday procession walks. It’s Brazil’s popular peanut candy that’s served during the Easter season. It’s best paired with a hot cup of coffee.
Now that we have you salivating, it’s about time you go visit these places during Easter and try these mouth-watering dishes. If not grab a native of the above mentioned nations in your locality and bribe them to cook these delicacies for you. Wishing you all a happy and blessed Easter in advance! Think we’ve missed out on a couple of delicious Easter specialties? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box below.