Easter Bread Recipes
Celebrate spring and rebirth with classic and traditional bread recipes from around the globe along with a few recipes that are perfect for the breakfast spread on Easter morning.
Tuscan Pignoli-Orange Zucchini Bread
Got a boatload of zucchini? A loaf of so-simple quick bread is a delightful, kid-friendly way to put it to use. With bright citrusy notes, toasty pine nuts, and a delightful texture delivered by the blend of semolina and almond flours, this Italian-inspired uptake on your typical zucchini bread is sure to impress.
Easy Everything Dinner Rolls
To make your own everything bagel seasoning mix for this recipe, combine 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon poppy seeds, 1 tablespoon dried minced onion, 2 teaspoons dried minced garlic, and 1 teaspoon coarse salt in a small bowl.
Hot Cross Buns
With less heft and more flavor and fluff, these delicate Hot Cross Buns deserve attention all year long. A hint of warm spices balances a sweet glaze to finish off these Easter rolls.
Sweet Portuguese Rolls
Sesame-Cashew Zucchini Bread
Got a boatload of zucchini? A loaf of so-simple quick bread is a delightful, kid-friendly way to put it to use. Incredibly rich in toasty flavor, this nutty twist on classic zucchini bread was a fast favorite in the test kitchen. If you don’t have cashew butter on hand, feel free to use peanut butter or almond butter for the creamy glaze instead—either would be equally delicious.
Powdered Sugar Donut Monkey Bread
Featuring mini powdered sugar donuts, this whimsical twist on monkey bread is the perfect sweet centerpiece for a casual brunch get-together.
Rosemary Focaccia with Stewed Grapes and Olives
Miso Banana Bread with Yuzu Glaze
Grapefruit-Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls
These gooey and gorgeous homemade cinnamon rolls are a vibrant uptake on those classic canned orange rolls Mom would break out for special occasion breakfasts. Never made sweet rolls from scratch before? Trust us, the dough is far easier to make and work with than you might think. And with a soft pink colored grapefruit-cream cheese glaze and a decadent filling featuring pistachios, dark brown sugar, fresh ginger, cardamon, and cinnamon, these morning glories are sure to steal the show at any brunch gathering. If you want to prep them ahead, simply follow the recipe through step 6 the night before and pop your rolls into the fridge; just be sure to bring them to room temperature the following day before baking and glazing.
Cream Cheese Danish Braid
The Danish can be made the night before, through step 4. Cover, refrigerate overnight, and bring braid to room temperature before proceeding with step 5.
Cream Cheese Pastries
Pam found this recipe in an old issue of Southern Living and was making this family favorite long before joining the staff in 2003.
Babka has its origins in the Eastern European Jewish tradition. It is typically baked in a loaf pan, filled with cinnamon or chocolate, and topped with streusel.
Hot Cross Buns
A quick shortcut makes Hot Cross Buns an Easter tradition well worth reviving.
Sour Cream Babka
Russian immigrants gloried in Easter babkas - enriched yeast breads studded with dried fruits and nuts. For a more traditional babka, omit the amaretto and use dried sour cherries and candied cherries in place of cranberries and raisins.
Greek Easter Bread
Even if you're a baking newbie, you can turn these out with ease, thanks to frozen puff pastry. To keep them from sticking, remove the pastries from the pan right after baking.
Greek Easter Bread (Lambropsomo)
After being iced, the bread is topped with raisins to form the letters XB, meaning "Christ has risen."
Raspberry-Swirl Sweet Rolls
In the winter, Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) fruit, like the kind sold by Cascadian Farm, is often a superior alternative to fresh fruit shipped to the US. IQF raspberries are terrific in these soft, puffy yeast rolls—a fun twist on a cinnamon bun.
Caramel-Pecan Sticky Buns
Make the dough first and let it rise before you prepare the pan with the caramel-pecan mixture.
Orange Hot Cross Buns
You'll need to plan ahead to find or make candied orange peel (see sources at the end of the recipe)—it's worth it.
Raisin-Honey Milk Bread
The fat from the whole milk keeps the bread moist, and its natural sugars (along with the honey) create a golden crust.