I took the sweet citrus flavour of Paska, or Easter Bread, and baked some amazing gluten free Paska Rolls. Filled with a delicious cream cheese and citrus zest filling, these rolls would be perfect for Easter brunch.
Gluten Free Easter Bread (or Paska) is a sweet, citrus bread that I’ve always enjoyed during Easter. Growing up in a Mennonite family, my Grandma used to bake large loaves of Paska in coffee tins. My Mom took a slightly different route by baking Paska buns. I decided to to add my twist to this traditional Easter bread by incorporating those flavours into gluten free Paska Rolls.
Paska is traditionally eaten during Easter. Some versions have just lemon zest, but I grew up with it having both lemon and orange.
Sometimes Paska is topped with icing and sprinkles (this is a must, if you ask me), other times it’s icing and coconut.
There are many different variations, but the lemon and orange combined with the cream cheese is pure perfection, in my opinion.
The method for these rolls is the same as The Best Gluten Free Cinnamon Buns. If you have any questions about these rolls, feel free to read through to 150+ comments on the Cinnamon Rolls.
You can also watch a video of me making another cinnamon roll, and that will give you an idea of what the consistency of the dough should be, and how to work with it.
Tips to make Gluten Free Paska Rolls ahead of time:
If you are wanting to indulge in these sweet gluten free Paska Rolls for brunch of breakfast on Good Friday or Easter Sunday, you can save yourself some time by making them the night before.
Follow the recipe as written but stop when it says to let the rolls rise before baking. After you have formed the rolls, cover the top of your baking pan with plastic wrap or foil, and place them in the fridge. This will slow the yeast down, letting you have the perfect rolls by morning.
In the morning, when you want to bake the gluten free Paska Rolls, you’ll want to remove them from the fridge and let them rise in a warm place. It may take a little longer for them to rise, since they were in the fridge, so give them at least an extra 10 minutes or so.
Now you can just follow the recipe as written, following the bake temperature time as written.
If you like these Gluten Free Paska Rolls, you might also like:
- Gluten Free Paska
- Gluten Free Hot Cross Scones
- Allergy Friendly Chocolate Easter Eggs
- Peanut Butter Easter Eggs
- Gluten Free Lemon Bars
- Gluten Free Vegan Coconut Macaroon Nests
- Fruit Pizza
- The Ultimate Gluten Free Sticky Monkey Bread
Some tips for dairy free: REPLACE the instant lemon pudding powder with 1/4 cup almond flour (ground almond meal) REPLACE the milk with soy milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk) REPLACE all of the butter/margarine with vegan butter (for example, Earth Balance) REPLACE the cream cheese with vegan cream cheese
Some tips for dairy free:
REPLACE the instant lemon pudding powder with 1/4 cup almond flour (ground almond meal)
REPLACE the milk with soy milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
REPLACE all of the butter/margarine with vegan butter (for example, Earth Balance)
REPLACE the cream cheese with vegan cream cheese
Originally posted April 2012. The recipe and images were updated in March 2018.