What’s In an Orthodox Easter Basket?
Unlike the chocolate bunny, marshmallow chickee-filled basket that’s decorated with plastic grass and candy-colored eggs, the Ukrainian Orthodox Easter basket isn’t filled entirely with sweets. But that doesn’t mean it can’t come with plenty of treats — just not of the cream-centered egg variety. What goes into an Ukrainian Orthodox Easter basket? Check out some of the common items that you’d find.
Pysanky and Eggs
Instead of those candy or plastic (candy-filled) eggs you might think of when you hear the words “Easter basket,” the Ukrainian version includes pysanky. These are decorated eggs that are made by using a wax resist method. The decorated eggs aren’t the only ones that basket may include. Hard-boiled eggs that are dyed red are also common in Orthodox Easter baskets.
This Ukrainian bread is made for Easter. It’s an egg and butter-based bread that is decorated with doughy symbols on top. The bread itself is slightly sweet and can be baked into a round loaf.
Sausage and Meats
A spiced sausage (or for the Polish basket, kielbasa) that’s made form veal, pork or beef is also added to the basket. Along with the sausage, the basket may include meats such as bacon, ham or lamb.