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Create a Great Easter Dessert

Contributed by: NUI

Thick, rich Greek yogurt in fillo shells makes an easy, tasty treat.

(NUI) - If you like to celebrate Easter to the fullest, you'll be glad to know that there's a new delicious way to commemorate the holy day - Greek style.

In Greek culture, Easter is more than a religious holiday. It is an event that combines age-old tradition with food and ritual.

Greek Orthodox Easter, celebrated on April 30 this year - a week after western Easter - will be an indulgent spread of delectable food with symbolic meaning, such as lamb, yogurt and scrumptious desserts.

After a 40-day Lent (fasting) period which prohibits eating many ingredients in the Greek diet, such as meat, olive oil, milk and yogurt, Easter Sunday fittingly memorializes Christ's resurrection with a ceremonial feast.

Easter cookies are made in three parallel strips to represent the Holy Trinity. Hard-boiled eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, set aside and cracked on Easter Sunday.

And Greek yogurt, thick and rich, is typically drizzled with honey and topped with walnuts or fruit for a refreshing and nutritious dessert. It also can be used as a healthful substitute in a variety of recipes calling for creme fraiche or sour cream.

See the recipe: Honey-Nut Yogurt In Fillo Shells

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