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Easter in Romania is a big deal. Most of the population is Orthodox and can’t wait to have a good reason to take a few days off work, get together with friends and family, and celebrate this important holiday with good food and good wine.

Not a single Easter passes by without having the two main desserts on the table: cozonac (a traditional holiday sweet bread) and pască. Pasca is basically a pie dish – the traditional version is filled with a mixture of sweet cheese and raisins, but it can also be made with chocolate.

Warning: No drooling on this magazine is allowed while reading this article!

The necessary ingredients are as follows:

–          800g cottage cheese
–          5-6 eggs
–          4 tbsps flour
–          1 package baking powder
–          150g sour cream
–          100g raisins
–          400g sugar
–          the zest from 1 lemon and 1 orange
–          3 tbsp rum extract

First, get a big bowl and put in the cottage cheese, sugar and eggs, stirring constantly until we get a nice, thick batter. Then add the flour and baking powder, and don’t stop stirring! Finally, add the raisins and sour cream, the lemon and orange zests, and of course, the rum extract. Yummy! And it smells so good, doesn’t it?

Coat a round baking tray with butter and pour in the filling. Pop it into a pre-heated oven (medium heat) and bake for around one hour.

How easy was that? Now all you have to do is cut it into slices and dig in. Happy Easter!!

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