This Sunday, Christians all over the world will join together in a time of reflection and joyful celebration, commemorating the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In light of this, I reached out to a fellow Wheaton student who was willing to share a recipe her family uses to celebrate this special event in our history. Christie Gorzalski (’22) invites us, this weekend, to share in a Gorzalski Family Easter tradition: Resurrection Buns.
According to Christie, Resurrection Buns are “sweet breakfast treats made around Easter to symbolize Jesus’s resurrection.” The recipe consists of a marshmallow, wrapped in Pillsbury crescent dough, lathered in butter, coated in cinnamon and sugar and baked in the oven. As the bun bakes, the marshmallow melts, leaving behind a “hollowed-out inside” that is symbolic of the empty tomb. Christie remarks, “It’s fun when you bite into the bun because there’s just a hollow inside, but it’s still coated and gooey, so you know the marshmallow was there.”
Christie’s mom discovered the recipe a while back at a Women’s Group at church and has been making the buns for over 25 years. When Christie and her siblings were younger, her mom would gather them around and use the Resurrection Buns as “a little teaching tool for the meaning of Easter and the Resurrection. The marshmallow disappearing is kind of like Jesus rising. And,” Christie adds with a smile, “my mom would tell us that the dough was like the gauze you use when you wrap people up for burial.” Even today, the dish is a staple in the Gorzalski household. Christie says, “It’s kind of funny how we are so obsessed with them. We have to have them every year. My mom has sent them to my brother while he’s been at college during Easter, and I even made them at Wheaton my freshman year because I could not miss out on them. They’re just really special to us.”
The tradition draws the family together. On Easter morning, everyone forms a little assembly line to construct the buns with each person at a different station. Though, nowadays, it’s usually just the girls that bake these buns, Christie said that her dad reserves the important role of “taste-tester” to see if they made them right. Christie adds, “We also have fun just watching them rise in the oven. And, there’s nothing like the smell of cinnamon baking in your home. It gets us every time.”
As Christie has gotten older, she says that she’s realized how the food traditions in her family have highlighted the importance of celebration and feasting. “I just really love that my family has shown me to honor people and God through the gift of tradition and celebration.” She told me, “I think another thing I’ve realized, especially within the past couple of years with COVID and so many other things, is that no matter how painful a particular season is, there is one thing that can remain constant, in terms of our response — and that’s thanksgiving and joy and still celebrating the good things that God has given us in the midst of it all. I really love seeing how my family continues to rally together through hardship to express thanksgiving and joy through our own traditions.” She says that traditions help us to see what’s beautiful and are even a way to use joy and thanksgiving as acts of defiance in the face of evil, sin and death. “Those won’t have the last word. Scripture literally ends with a feast and celebration.”
I can think of no better words to dwell upon this Easter. The victory is won! Let us join in the celebration! If you are looking for a fun way to joyfully remember and celebrate God’s goodness this Easter, below is the recipe for Christie’s sweet Resurrection Buns.
Resurrection Bun Recipe:
-2-3 cans (8 ct.) Pillsbury crescent roll dough
-½ stick of butter
-1 cup sugar
-2 teaspoons cinnamon
-1 bag Kraft Jet-Puffed marshmallows
Matthew 28:6 ~ “He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.”
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