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Overhead shoot of a Romanian Easter Cake topped with a red egg
Romanian Easter Bread - Pasca
Prep Time
2 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
3 hrs
 

Romanian Easter Bread or Easter Cake, which is translated Pasca, is a traditional dessert eaten on Easter Day. It's usually made with cow's cheese filling and sultanas or raisins, and it's absolutely delicious. Serve it with a red egg on top for the ultimate easter dessert. This pasca is the Romanian version of a cheesecake, but a lot richer, and so easy to make.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Romanian
Keyword: easter desserts
Servings: 1 bread
Calories: 2755 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
Ingredients
to make the dough:
  • 300 g strong white bread flour
  • 150 ml milk
  • 40 g caster sugar
  • 75 g butter
  • 1 tsp dried yeast
  • 1 egg yolk
  • zest of one lemon
  • a pinch of salt
to make the filling:
  • 150 g cottage cheese or cow's cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 25 g raisins
  • 2 tbsp vanilla sugar
  • 40 g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
Instructions
  1. In a jug, warm up the milk in the microwave for about 10 seconds, it should not be hot to touch.
  2. Add the yeast, 1 tablespoon of sugar and one tablespoon of flour and set aside for 10 minutes, it will become frothy.

  3. In a large bowl, sift the flour and add the remaining sugar, egg yolk, lemon zest, salt and butter, which should be at room temperature.

  4. Mix in the yeast mixture once the 10 minutes are gone.

  5. Knead everything into a dough for at least 5 minutes, the dough will become elastic and non sticky.

  6. Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and leave in a warm place to prove for at least 2 hours.
  7. Divide the dough into two balls.
  8. Oil and flour a round cake tin of approximately 10 cm.

  9. Flatten one ball out and place on the bottom of the cake tin.
  10. The second ball will be divided into 2 again and shape 2 strings out of it.
  11. Plait them together and place around the cake tin edges, so that the dough can have the shape of a well.

  12. The centre will be filled with a mixture of cottage cheese, egg, raisins, vanilla sugar, caster sugar, flour and lemon extract.
  13. Bake in the preheated oven set to 180 degrees C (375 Fahrenheit) for at least 40 minutes or until golden brown and set.

  14. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
  15. Top with an egg painted red, have a look at my recipe on how to paint eggs red naturally: Naturally-Dyed Easter eggs

Recipe Notes
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Nutrition Facts
Romanian Easter Bread - Pasca
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2755 Calories from Fat 990
% Daily Value*
Fat 110g169%
Saturated Fat 67g335%
Cholesterol 669mg223%
Sodium 2361mg98%
Potassium 917mg26%
Carbohydrates 374g125%
Fiber 11g44%
Sugar 119g132%
Protein 69g138%
Vitamin A 3247IU65%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 1020mg102%
Iron 17mg94%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.