Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Parade of Foods for Holy Week: Saturday

Lamb Lollipops

Chicks, Easter Baskets and Bunny Lollipops

One grandson decorating a cupcake Easter basket.

Now he is on to decorating the second cupcake! Can he make it without eating one? 
Here are a few of the finished cupcakes!

He is pretty proud of his work! Great job!

Here is another cupcake and a proud decorator.

Now we are on to decorating the lamb cupcakes!

All done and ready for Easter Sunday!

A Parade of Foods for Holy Week: Good Friday

A Greek Easter Bread called Lambroposomo
Good Friday is a day for prayer and Church in our family, but towards the evening I begin baking unless the parish Good Friday Liturgy is held then.

This Greek bread is a staple for our Easter table. In the following photo you will see the eggs painted red to symbolize the five wounds of Christ. The eggs are placed in the shape of a cross. Although I have not taken a picture, I have made lamb butters. I have molds which form both individual butters and other molds which form a larger size. The lamb butters are a Polish custom.

Lambroposomo, Easter Bread of Brightness
As you can see it is dramatically attractive and makes a beautiful and symbolic expression of the Risen Lord's sacrifice for us. It is also good to eat!

A Parade of Foods for Holy Week: Thursday

Hot Cross Buns before they are baked.
" Hot Cross Buns, Hot Cross Buns, one a penny, two a penny Hot Cross Buns. If you have no daughters give them to your sons. One a penny, two a penny, Hot Cross Buns."
                             Old English Nursery Rhyme 
Delicious Hot Cross Buns. The icing goes on after they have cooled.

One of the many Easter breads that I make. This bread is similar to Challah bread, but does not have as many eggs.
Freshly baked Easter bread. We will have this for Easter breakfast.

A Parade of Foods for Holy Week and Easter: Monday

Monday of Holy Week
Some people seem to be able to write and bake or prepare food to observe Holy Week and celebrate Easter. I am only able to do one or the other. Here are some of the foods or items made from food ingredients that I baked this week. They are Catholic food customs from various ethnic traditions that I like to incorporate into our family life each year. Now that my children are grown up and three of the four of them are married, I enjoy continuing these traditions with the grandchildren. Most of the foods are shared with the family at our Easter dinner, but the Hot Cross Buns are a breakfast staple that my husband enjoys for many days.
 Bread Dough Crucifixes
(I made these with my grandchildren ages 6 & 7 years old.)
 This is my seven year old granddaughter fashioning her crucified Lord.

 Here she is painting the crucifix after it has been baked for an hour and then cooled.

 Here is her finished crucifix.

This crucifix can be saved for another year by storing it in a plastic ziploc bag and placing it in a cool, dry place.

 Here is a metal cut-out that can be used to make a bread dough cross. You could put the body of Christ on it and then it would be a crucifix.

This is a bread dough cross made, designed and decorated by an adult.