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Easter Breads

From sweet braided breads to hot cross buns, there are so many traditional favorites to try!




Braided Breads

Choereg, known as Tsoureki in Greece, is traditionally flavored with ground sour cherry pits, called makhlepi or mahaleb (or mahleb). This ingredient can be found at specialty spice purveyors or Middle Eastern markets.


Other Loaves


Not all of these recipes are sweet: in Italy, Easter breads (pane di Pasqua) can be savory and are made with cheeses, meats, olives, and capers.


Buns & Rolls


Whether you eat them on Good Friday or Easter morning, hot cross buns are a welcome treat.


Filled Breads


For the ambitious baker, yeasted babka dough can be rolled out very thin and filled with a cinnamon-nut mixture or chocolate filling. Roll up into a log, like a cinnamon roll, and coil into a greased loaf pan or springform pan before proofing and baking.


Quick Breads, Muffins, and Sweet Rolls


Many Easter foods are symbolic--eggs are recognized as a symbol of life and rebirth. Poppies symbolize the Passion of the Christ and the peaceful sleep of the dead, while honey represents sweetness and abundance.


Get ready to celebrate Easter!

Find recipes, menus, how-to videos, and lots of ideas in our Ultimate Guide to Easter.

    Comments
    HeatherHolcomb 
    Oct. 11, 2009 5:24 am
    Last Easter, I found a recipe for Pecan Coffee Cake on allrecipes.com i lost the recipe when I moved and now I can't find it. Does any one have a copy of the recipe??
     
    Mar. 18, 2010 8:53 am
    I just bought some mahleb from Penzey's and was wondering how I was going to use it. Now I can't wait to make the Choereg!
     
    Kat 
    Mar. 21, 2010 8:20 am
    There is a wonderful recipe I collected here on Allrecipes. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Amazing-Pecan-Coffee-Cake/Detail.aspx
     
    sparkle 
    Mar. 24, 2010 6:06 am
    Does anyone have a recipe for baking in a lamb baking pan?
     
    amk48 
    Mar. 24, 2010 6:58 am
    Never saw a recipe or even a mention of Cheoreg in any recipe web site -- it rally caught my eye !! my family has always made cheoreg with peanut butter and more like a flaky pastry than a bread. anyone out there familiar with out family's version?
     
    Diane 
    Mar. 24, 2010 4:15 pm
    sparkle I have my grandmother's recipe and her lamb mold. The recipe is a lot of work and I have found that a pound cake mix works just as well and tastes just as good. There will be a little batter left over which I bake as cupcakes. I have made chocolate pound cake, but usually just add orange juice in place of water. A little orange or lemon zest picks up the taste too. Try it, I don't think you will be disappointed.
     
    Apr. 25, 2010 8:17 am
    What is a cheoreg. Never heard of it.
     
    Apr. 20, 2011 3:44 pm
    They all look soooo yummy! Which One to choose?
     
    saroji 
    Apr. 4, 2012 12:14 am
    i love the hot cross buns recipe. tnx
     
    Apr. 5, 2012 4:59 pm
    My husband was just asking me to make a bread using beer..I told him I had never seen one. They recieved this post today and found one. Going to make it tonight. Thank you I find so many good recipes that my family will eat here.
     
    Mar. 19, 2013 11:15 am
    Me personally I don't know either but I will probably do the Hot cross buns and the Blueberry muffins & Braided Easter egg bread
     
     
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