In most Russian families even not religious ones on Easter people cook a special dish. It is called ‘paskha’ (the same Russian word for Easter). It is made essentially from curd (cottage cheese) and other components and looks like truncated pyramid. To cook it one must have a special mold, which can be deconstructed because dish sides have sculptured drawings. This mold is called ‘pasochnitsa’ (from the word paskha). In previous times people made these moldes themselves from wood. And this item often stayed in a family for many generations. Now people usually buy in shops pasochnitsas made from plastic. My wife has a plastic pasochnitsa too. Several years ago she asked me if I could to make this thing from wood. I answered ‘darling I have not enough skills and tools to make it. All those tenons and mortises and carving… I don’t know how to make them’. Recently I recalled that conversation and thought ‘now I rather have enough skills and tools, may be not for carving only, and I should try’.
Build details are in my bloghttp://lumberjocks.com/Sergeich/blog/39611.
Made from basswood with handtools. Finish is linseed oil.
And yes, I know this dish is cooked as well in Ukraine and may be in other countries with orthodoxal christian traditions.
There is a lot of recipes to cook paskha and in fact every houswife has her own recipe offently adopted from her mother and grandmother and so on. Here are some links in English with detailed description of cooking paskha: