Our collection of traditional homemade Easter bread recipes from around the world; including recipes from Germany, Italy, England, Greece, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, and Mexico.
Around the world, in every country where Easter celebrated, you will find traditional Easter breads being served from Good Friday through Orthodox Easter Sunday. Easter breads are commonly light and sweet, enriched with eggs and dairy, and infused with dried fruits and warm spices or glazed with a thin, sweet icing.
- The Symbolism of Easter Bread
- Rosinenbrot (Germany)
- Pane di Pasqua (Italy)
- Hot Cross Buns (England)
- Tsoureki (Greece)
- Colomba Pasquale (Italy)
- Cozonac (Romania)
- Kozunak (Bulgaria)
- Babka (Ukraine)
- Paska (Ukraine)
- Kulich (Russia)
- Capirotada (Mexico)
- Pane di Pasqua per Uno (Italy)
- Basic Bread Making
- More Easter Traditions
The Symbolism of Easter Bread
As you might guess, there is a long history of Christian symbolism that accompanies the making and eating of traditional breads at Eastertime.
Easter wreaths, for example, symbolize the crown of thorns worn by Jesus at the crucifixion, and the three ropes that make up the braided bread represent the three parts of the Holy Trinity. Hot cross buns are finished with an icing cross to represent the cross upon which Jesus was crucified, and eggs woven into bread symbolize rebirth and resurrection.
We hope you enjoy this list of traditional homemade Easter bread recipes from around the world; it includes a number of recipes from Italy, and from many Eastern Europe countries where Easter breads abound.
A deliciously soft and fluffy raisin bread, Rosinenbrot is a traditional part of Easter breakfast in Germany.
Pane di Pasqua (Italy)
This traditional Easter recipe from Italy makes a sweet, fluffy, wreath-shaped bread. Colored eggs nestled in the ropes cook as the bread bakes.
Hot Cross Buns (England)
Traditionally eaten on Good Friday, these currant-dotted hot cross buns are soft, fluffy, and laced with a just hint of mixed spice.
Tsoureki is a sweet brioche bread traditionally made during Easter in Greece. More commonly seen in its braided form, this version is shaped into a beautiful flower.
Colomba Pasquale (Italy)
Colomba Pasqua, or Dove Bread, is the most well-known of the many traditional breads prepared in celebration of the Easter holiday in Italy.
Cozonac is the a traditional Romanian pastry, made from a soft yeast dough with a sweet walnut filling.
Kozunak is a slightly sweet egg bread often served in celebration on Easter morning in Bulgaria.
This tender, cake-like babka, a sweet traditional Ukrainian Easter bread, is made in your bread machine!
Paska is a traditional Ukrainian sweet egg bread. This version, flavored with citrus, is perfect for Easter morning.
Kulich is a sweet, rich, buttery sweet bread, studded with golden raisins, candied citrus peel, and almonds.
Capirotada is a Mexican bread pudding made with cinnamon, piloncillo, raisins, bread, and cheese. It is one of the most popular foods eaten during the Lenten period preceding Easter.
Pane di Pasqua per Uno (Italy)
Not only are these personal-size Easter bread rings delicious, they’re a great centerpiece for your Easter table! Lightly sweetened dough is filled with a colorful egg and topped with icing!
Basic Bread Making
If you love homemade bread, be sure to check our Easy Sourdough and German Dark Rye Bread recipes.
- Cinnamon Roll Wreath (Danish Pastry Ring)
- Orange Tea Ring (Danish Wreath)
- German Dark Rye Bread
- Bread Pudding Muffins
More Easter Traditions
- Layered Rainbow Jello
- Ginger Chili Deviled Eggs
- Grammi's Carrot Pineapple Jello Salad (Sunshine Salad)
- Egg & Cheese Rolls
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