Chocolate Paska


Chocolate paska

Paska is an Ukrainian Easter bread tradition and particularly spread in countries with predominant Eastern Orthodox religious or cultural connections to the ancient Byzantine Empire. Paska breads are a traditional element in the Easter holidays of Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Romania, Russia, Georgia, Moldova and parts of Bulgaria, as well as Turkey, Iran and the Assyrian–Chaldean–Syriac diaspora.
The Easter custom of eating lamb and Passover is related to the Jewish Easter ritual. In Jewish tradition, the lamb is ritually eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs, to remind us of the hardships endured in Egyptian bondage. At the Last Supper, Jesus and the apostles ate lamb according to the Jewish ritual, and unleavened bread is represented by the Passover. For Christians, the lamb, the Passover, and the wine are symbols with new meanings: The Lamb is Jesus Christ, who accepts his sacrifice. Broken Easter and poured wine signify Christ's sacrifice.
Easter is prepared on the eve of the Resurrection. The real Passover is the one that is cut into small pieces, put in bundles and taken to the church to be sanctified. The Passover pieces are taken home and kept to make believers partakers of God's blessing, believing they have the power to ward off sickness and trouble.
Paska is made with milk, butter, eggs, flour, and sugar, except for the Romanian paska where the recipe most commonly includes sweet cream, cottage cheese, and/or sour cream along with eggs, sugar, raisins, and rum. Over time, people have created many recipes starting from the original Easter recipe, thus being invented Easter dough without dough which is one of the simplest and most delicious Easter recipes.
PREP TIME 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Romanian
Servings 8
Calories 275 kcal


  • 600 g cottage cheese
  • 150 g sour cream
  • 100 g sugar
  • 300 g chocolate
  • 4 eggs
  • 40 g corn starch
  • 60 g semolina
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp orange extract


  • Mix the cottage cheese with sugar until you get a smooth composition. Add the eggs, one by one and mix well, to get a homogenous composition. Add the sour cream and keep mixing. Add the corn startch, mix, and then add the semolina little by little and mix well.
  • Melt the chocolate at bain marie. Add the chocolate gradually while you mix the cheese composition. Mix well until you get a homogenous composition.
  • Grease a pan with 20 cm diameter with butter and add the paska mix. Place the pan in the preheated oven at 180 degrees on the top-down heat program with ventilation for 45-50 minutes. After the time has elapsed, let the paska cool in the oven with the oven door half open.


Keyword cheese cake, chocolate cake, chocolate dessert, chocolate paska, easter cake, easter food, paska, romanian food, traditional food
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