No Easter table is complete without a classic Kulich. Famous for its traditional shape and exquisite taste, Kuliches take center stage in traditional Easter baskets. Baked fresh in cylindrical tins and decorated with white sugary icing and colorful sprinkles, Kuliches are look very similar to Italian panettone bread. What makes Kuliches different from panettone is the light and airy dough. (Full recipe here).
Following Eastern Orthodox tradition, Kuliches are decorated with icing and often include the letter XB which stands for ‘Christ Is Risen’ (Христос Воскрес). They are taken to the Church in an Easter basket filled with decorated Easter eggs and blessed before consumption. Kuliches are eaten for 40 days following Easter as a symbol for atonement and suffering of Jesus Christ.