Kulich: A Special Easter Bread to Mark the End of Lent -- A Russian Orthodox Tradition Lives On

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The Russian Orthodox tradition of celebrating the end of Lent lives on. In West Virginia, the Hermitage of the Holy Cross, with assistance from The Crazy Baker, keeps the tradition of Kulich bread alive during the Easter holiday season. The sweet bread was baked in celebration of the passing of Lent and was part of a joyous celebration of Easter.

To celebrate the ending of Lent, the Russian Orthodox tradition was to bake a special bread called Kulich. This tradition originated in Russia and parts of The Ukraine and continues today to be a part of the Easter holiday season.

Following last year's big success, The Hermitage of the Holy Cross, a Russian Orthodox Monastery in Wayne, WV has again chosen The Crazy Baker of Renick, WV, to bake a special version of the Easter Bread, Kulich, which will be sold through the monastery's mail order business.

Hall Hitzig, of The Crazy Baker, notes that Kulich is a tall, cylindrical, soft bread filled with candied citrus, almonds and raisins and infused with delicious undertones of saffron.

Each Kulich is topped with a white glaze and decorated with candied cherries.

The bread was originally served in parts of Russia and the Ukraine and is usually taken to the church to be blessed at the Easter vigil, and then eaten to mark the end of Lent.

The recipe that The Crazy Baker is using for The Hermitage of the Holy Cross comes from a bakery in a small Russian village.

The Hermitage of the Holy Cross maintains an "Online Kiosk" and a mail order catalog, which includes many products made at the monastery. The Hermitage can be reached at http://www.holycross-hermitage.com

The Crazy Baker uses quality, natural ingredients to create a variety of handmade gourmet baked goods, including traditional and seasonal breads and confections. Much of The Crazy Baker's baked products are given as gifts around the world. The Crazy Baker ships worldwide and orders can be placed at http://www.thecrazybaker.com or 866-440-4797.

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