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Easter, or “Velykden” (Great Day) in Ukraine, is the second biggest – or the very biggest, depending on who you ask- holiday for Orthodox Ukrainians. As the war on Ukraine reaches a terrible milestone of raging on for a year since Russia invaded Ukraine, Aimée from Simple Bites approached me asking if I would like to participate in sharing some recipes from her and another Ukrainian Canadian blogger, Ashley from The Recipe Rebel, to bring the war and donation efforts to the forefront off everyone’s minds again today, and of course, shine a light on the delicious cuisine that comes from our mutual heritage.

To read how our Canadian government is helping, you can visit this page and learn of the military efforts that are happening.

Ways You Can Help

BEFORE we get to the food, here’s a brief list of some of the legitimate relief efforts for the people of Ukraine that you can contribute to.

Easter Recipes

Besides Christmas, which you all know is my favorite holiday of all, Easter is the second largest celebration for my family and me, and a large part of it is definitely traditional Ukrainian recipes. Here are a few recipes to inspire you this Easter.


No, it’s not Paska and I am delighted to share an actual Paska recipe below this one from Aimee! This recipe is for Babka, a saffron-colored, raisin-loaded, rich egg dough that is baked into tins.

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Easter Bread, or Ukrainian Babka in coffee tins and in a Pyrex loaf pan


This Paska recipe is a rich potato dough, with an orange zest glaze that is traditionally baked into braids (you can read how Aimee’s grandma used to make it) and also baked in tins as well. This is a very different bread from Babka, though the names are interchanged often.

Get Aimée’s Paska Recipe

Paska in a tin

Homemade Dinner Buns

Ashley’s Mom’s homemade dinner buns are the perfect side for your Easter dinner. Nothing beats homemade dinner rolls, and they are incredible easy to make.

Get Ashley’s Homemade Buns recipe.

homemade dinner buns on a baking sheet


Aimée has a delicious Vegan Borscht recipe, and my Borscht uses beef broth, the choice is up to you!

Cabbage Roll Soup

Much easier than making traditional cabbage rolls, you can also make a cabbage roll soup as a side dish as well.

Cabbage Roll Soup in a Pyrex bowl, a floral vintage tablecloth underneath and white background

Perogies and Sausage Skillet

This meal from Ashley looks delicious and uses the most famous of all Ukrainian foods, the perogy!

Get Ashely’s Perogies and Sausage Skillet recipe

Garlic Bread and Baked Brie

This recipe is inspired by pampushky, which in our family is a sweet prune-filled doughnut, but this savory version is a garlic and brie lovers’ delight!

Get Aimée’s Garlic Bread Pampushky recipe

I hope that you enjoy these new recipes from my fellow Canadian Ukrainian bloggers, and keep the people in Ukraine in our hearts and thoughts, as we are all hoping for a peaceful resolution soon.



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  1. Laurie Andrusiak Knight says

    I love these recipes! I am second generation Ukrainian born and raised in Edmonton but have lived in the southern ISA for 26 years. Being you’re an Alberta girl, these recipes will be legit! Thank you for these recipes and all the others. You’re my fave food blogger. Di Bosha! 🥂

  2. Julia says

    Two of my favorite recipe bloggers teaming up to make delicious Babka and other tasty treats?!? I’m IN!
    I need to get on making some Babka pronto!

  3. Sandra LaFleur says

    I am so happy to be getting these Ukrainian recipes . Both my grandparents were born in Ukraine. Unfortunately I never got any recipes past down from my grandmother. Since the war I feel so much closer to Ukraine.I have since been given a Ukrainian Flag, some pictures of Ukraine. A lady friend is going to be giving me a broach that she bought from Ukraine. I want to thank you for these treasured recipes. Please keep them coming.

  4. Wendy says

    Good for you doing a feature on Ukrainian Easter food recipes! My husband is Ukrainian and these are some of all their delicious foods. I’m impressed by you caring enough to share these recipes during tumultuous times for them and for us all to remember. God bless you.


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