Traditional Easter Bread Recipes

Celebrate spring and rebirth with classic yeast bread recipes from around the globe.

  • Easter Kugelhopf

    Easter Kugelhopf

    This golden coffee cake with a rich buttery flavor is a German specialty and is named after its decorative baking pan. If you don't have a kugelhopf pan, feel free to use a Bundt pan.

    Recipe: Easter Kugelhopf

  • Hot Cross Buns

    Hot Cross Buns

    Bake the traditional English nutmeg-and-cinnamon-spiced Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday or for Easter breakfast. Lemon icing is easily piped through a zip-top bag to form the traditional cross on top.

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    Recipe: Hot Cross Buns

  • Sour Cream Babka

    Sour Cream Babka

    Easter babkas–enriched yeast breads studded with dried fruits and nuts–are classics on Russian and Polish Easter tables. For a more traditional babka, omit the amaretto and use dried sour cherries and candied cherries in place of cranberries and raisins.

    Recipe: Sour Cream Babka

  • Greek Easter Bread

    Greek Easter Bread

    This sweet, spiced braided loaf is not only beautiful and delicious, but it is also large enough to feed your whole holiday crowd. Use leftovers to make French toast.

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    Recipe: Greek Easter Bread

  • Lambropsomo


    In this symbolic, traditional Greek Easter bread, dyed hard-cooked eggs are placed in the shape of a cross.

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    Recipe: Lambropsomo

  • Kulich


    In Russian Orthodox homes, Easter traditional calls for tall loaves of sweet kulich. Baked in a coffee can or bowl, kulich has a shape meant to resemble the domes of Russia's Orthodox churches. After being iced, the bread is topped with raisins to form the letters "XB," meaning "Christ has risen."

    Recipe: Kulich

  • Caramel-Pecan Sticky Buns

    Caramel-Pecan Sticky Buns

    The American version of hot cross buns, cinnamon rolls are a breakfast tradition in many Protestant homes. Try waking up to these sweet yeast rolls Easter morning.

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    Recipe: Caramel-Pecan Sticky Buns

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