Pasochnitsa, Paskha mold
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 carved 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. But real one must be made from wood of course.
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: