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Easter Butter Lamb

The Baranek wielkanocny, or Easter butter lamb, is a hunk of butter shaped into a lamb to celebrate Easter in Poland and Polish communities around the world. You might find one in your Easter basket or use it as a centerpiece for the holiday feast. If the local priest is blessing baskets of Easter foods before they are laid out for the meal, the butter lamb is always included. They are sold in delis around the holiday or you can make your own at home, with or without a mold. Some food artists even make fluffy wool by grating the butter! The flag that often accompanies the lamb is a St. George cross. Check out a gallery of submitted butter lambs representing many techniques and skill levels, from unfortunate to professional. -via Boing Boing

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My Dad's Polish and we had a butter lamb every year on Easter for decades. The high end stores in our town tended to carry them in their dairy section. My dad's got dementia now so he hasn't a clue what a butter lamb is. But it's okay. I'll see him tomorrow and bring him some really good donuts and he'll be a happy camper for an hour or so. Happy Easter, everyone!
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