Paska is the Easter Bread is a big part of the Easter tradition. Conventional Paska Bread consists of a round shaped, sweet tasting bread with raisins. Light and flaky dough that will melt in your mouth!

Easter bread with another one next to it

This recipe is my all-time favorite Paska Bread. I’ve made it many times and have never been disappointed. The process seems to be lengthy, but it’s actually pretty simple, as long as you follow the steps.

Paska is supposed to come out moist and flaky, but not crumbly. This recipe achieves all of the above.

What is the Difference Between Babka and Paska Bread?

Babka and paska are both traditional Easter yeast breads. Ukrainians make them during the holiday as a special treat that is both holy and delicious. However, they can be enjoyed by all during Easter because they are just THAT tasty. Here’s the difference between the two:


Babka is a tall and cylindrical cake that is baked in a bundt-style pan. It typically contains raisins and is iced on top. It’s very sweet and similar to the Italian panettone. 


Paska, which translates to “Easter” in Ukrainian, is slightly sweet and similar to challah. This egg bread is typically braided and decorated with religious symbols for Easter. Then, it is taken to the church in a beautiful basket and blessed. 

Ingredients for the Easter Bread recipe

Paska Bread Topping

Paska Bread is typically finished off with a topping. Combine together 2 cups of powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk. Drizzle the mixture over the top of the paska bread.

Tips for The Perfect Paska Bread

  • If you can get your hands on Canadian flour, I would highly recommend using it.
  • Depending on the flour you use, you may need to add a little more. This dough is on the sticky side but shouldn’t be runny.
  • To activate the yeast, the milk temperature should be at around 110 °F – 120 °F.
  • Soak raisins before adding them to the dough; they will have a nicer texture.
  • You can freeze Paska without the glaze in an airtight container; thaw at room temperature.
  • Here is the mold you can purchase, or you can also get a cake pan.

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Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.