117 Easter Recipes for the Most Delicious Brunch Ever

published Mar 29, 2024
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If you’re planning your Easter menu this year, we’ve got you covered with classic Easter dinner recipes (plus Easter dinner ideas beyond ham or lamb!) and unbelievably delicious Easter desserts. Whether you’re making a glazed ham or roast leg of lamb, you’ll also need delicious side dishes that are so good, everyone will demand seconds.

But let’s not forget everyone’s favorite meal of the day — Easter brunch! Start your Easter morning with a big slice of quiche, cheesy hash brown casserole, and sweet cinnamon rolls. If you’re having guests over, a spread of bite-sized brunch appetizers — like mini Dutch baby pancakes, classic deviled eggs, and mini quiches — and pitcher cocktails are all fun and festive.

Here are 117 Easter brunch recipes to celebrate spring, including all our favorite brunch appetizers, quiches, brunch casseroles, baked goods, and cocktails.

Brunch Appetizers

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Easy 5-Ingredient Mini Quiche Cups

Bite-sized quiches filled with melty cheese and chopped sweet bell peppers are the ultimate brunch appetizer.

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Deviled Eggs

The key to the best deviled eggs? Buttery garlic breadcrumbs.

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Smoked Salmon Egg Boats

This smoked salmon recipe is as fun to assemble as it is to enjoy — there’s just something wonderful about hollowing out a crusty loaf of bread and filling it with fresh, springtime goodies for brunch.

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Mini Dutch Baby Pancakes

Muffin tin Dutch baby pancakes are the sweetest, easiest way to make Dutch babies for a brunch crowd.

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Breakfast Sliders

When it comes to picking a favorite brunch appetizer, a really good breakfast sandwich will always stand above the rest, especially when that sandwich comes in slider form, layered with a mound of fluffy eggs, crispy bacon, and a double (yes, double!) layer of melty cheddar.

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Ham, Asparagus & Gruyère Tart

A buttery, flaky puff pastry tart crowned with roasted asparagus, diced ham, and a cheesy egg custard is the perfect brunch appetizer.

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Smoked Salmon Dip

This easy smoked salmon dip is made with a blend of whipped cream cheese, sour cream, Greek yogurt, and lots of fresh dill. It’s perfect for swiping on toast or serving with buttery crackers — or even smearing on toasted bagels!

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Togarashi Deviled Eggs

Thanks to extra-rich Kewpie mayonnaise and togarashi, a Japanese chili pepper-based spice blend, these deviled eggs are a cut above your average garden variety.

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Charcuterie Board

A step-by-step guide to shopping and putting together the ultimate charcuterie board for brunch.

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The Easiest Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastries

These quick and easy puff pastry brunch pastries are filled with cream cheese and your favorite fruit jam.

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Feta Dip

Serve this creamy 5-ingredient easy appetizer with crackers, crostini, or crudité.

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Deviled Egg Dip

Turn deviled eggs into an easy, delicious brunch dip with creamy labneh.

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Everything Bagel Puff Pastry Cheese Straws

This fast and fancy brunch appetizer comes together with frozen puff pastry, everything bagel spice, and grated Parmesan cheese.

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Pimento Cheese

This Southern classic is the ultimate no-bake cheese dip. Spread on a buttermilk biscuit with a swipe of pepper jelly.

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Breakfast Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a blanket, one of the easiest appetizers you can make, are always one of the first things gobbled up on a snack board, and with good reason. Here's our brunch version made with breakfast sausages and everything bagel seasoning.

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Stuffed Mushrooms

These cheesy stuffed mushrooms are an easy appetizer that everyone will love for brunch.

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Mini Apple Rose Pies

Here's an easy tutorial for making your own mini apple pies for brunch.

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Breakfast Meatballs

Move over bacon — breakfast meatballs will be your new morning meat of choice from now on. Serve over creamy polenta or cheesy grits.

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Pesto and Goat Cheese Tarte Soleil

This pull-apart puff pastry tart is almost too pretty to tear into.

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Breakfast Hand Pies

These make-ahead friendly puff pastry pockets are stuffed with creamy scrambled eggs, melted cheese, and bacon.

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Everything Bagel Hummus Bowl

All the things you love about a smoked salmon bagel in one satisfying brunch bowl.

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Fruit Dip

Fluffy marshmallow and cream cheese dip makes every slice of fruit special.

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Fried Goat Cheese Balls

Make these crowd-pleasing crispy fried goat cheese balls with a gooey center and tangy mango sauce for a tasty brunch app.

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Breakfast Caesar with Jammy Eggs and English Muffin Croutons

This spin on the classic Caesar salad uses English muffin croutons to make this an ideal way to start your brunch meal.

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Shrimp Cocktail

Make a classic shrimp cocktail with perfectly poached shrimp and zingy cocktail sauce.

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Butter-Baked Saltines with Chili Crisp Yogurt Dip

Butter-baked crackers pair delightfully with a spicy, garlicky yogurt dip, made with plain yogurt and chili crisp.

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Antipasto Platter

This abundant Italian spread of cured meat, cheese, and marinated vegetables is the ultimate way to kick off a brunch meal.

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Extra-Crispy Eggplant Crostini

This crispy eggplant recipe rethinks the concept of crostini. Slices of panko-crusted eggplant are fried in a cast iron skillet and showered with tasty toppings.

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Caramelized Leek, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Tart

Balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard are flavor standouts in this mouth-watering veggie puff pastry tart.

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Perfect Quiche

With its savory custard and flaky crust, this brunch classic feels fancy, and it's surprisingly easy to make.

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Quiche Lorraine

When it comes to classic quiche flavors, quiche Lorraine reigns supreme. Full of rich caramelized shallots, crisp bacon, and earthy Gruyère cheese, the classic French breakfast dish is worth mastering.

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Bacon and Cheese Breakfast Quiche

A satisfying 5-ingredient quiche inspired by the classic bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich.

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Spinach Quiche

This foolproof quiche recipe can be made with either fresh or frozen spinach, depending on what you have.

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Asparagus Quiche

Baking this quiche in a deep-dish pie shell means there's plenty of room for tender asparagus, feta cheese, scallions, and creamy custard.

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Foolproof Quiche

Once you know the ratio of eggs to cream, you can make quiche like a pro. You make it the day ahead, slice it just before serving, and then pass out the plates.

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Easiest-Ever Crustless Quiche

Crustless quiche is similar to a traditional quiche where it has savory egg custard loaded with cheese and mix-ins, but it’s baked without a pie crust.

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Easy 5-Ingredient Mini Quiche Cups

Bite-sized quiches filled with melty cheese and chopped sweet bell peppers are the ultimate brunch appetizer.

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Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

As much as we love a classic quiche, broccoli is an all-time favorite add-in. The crisp-tender veggie lends a pop of color to each and every slice of the creamy, cheesy egg bake.

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Ham and Cheese Quiche

A classic ham and cheese quiche that only requires five ingredients. Thanks to a store-bought pie crust and diced, cooked ham, this recipe is as easy as it gets.

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Caramelized Onion Skillet Quiche

A savory caramelized onion quiche made in a skillet and topped with fresh arugula.

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Easy Caprese Quiche

If you’re looking for more ways to enjoy the flavors of caprese salad, make this quiche your next stop. To avoid a watery final product, we’re saving the tomatoes for the every end by topping this mozzarella- and basil-filled quiche with a juicy tomato salad.

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Brunch Casseroles

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Eggs Benedict Casserole

A trouble-free egg custard ties together this casserole-style eggs benedict packed with toasted English muffins, Canadian bacon, and creamy hollandaise sauce.

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Make-Ahead Spinach and Feta Egg Casserole

Filled with leafy spinach and chunks of crumbled feta, and laced with fresh dill, this egg casserole just might remind you of spanakopita.

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Copycat Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole

Our copycat recipe for Cracker Barrel's hash brown casserole is just as delicious and only a fraction of the cost.

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Veggie Supreme Egg Bake

If you've got vegetable lovers at home, this one's for you. Spinach, peppers, potatoes, and mushrooms all make an appearance!

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Cheesy Denver Breakfast Casserole

Inspired by the Denver omelet, this easy-assembly, crowd-feeding breakfast casserole loaded with the works: cheddar cheese, diced ham, bell pepper, shredded potatoes, and eggs.

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Easy Spanish Tortilla Casserole

This easy Spanish tortilla casserole is a simpler take on the classic skillet dish, with garlicky, olive oil-slicked potatoes and eggs.

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Sausage Breakfast Casserole

This classic combination of eggs, breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, and bread bakes up hearty and satisfying.

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Huevos Rancheros Casserole

Huevos rancheros go the way of the casserole with a double layer of corn tortillas, a generous helping of beans and cheese, and the signature spicy-sweet tomato-chile sauce.

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Diner Breakfast Egg Bake

Inspired by a classic diner breakfast combo of tender potatoes, savory sausage, and eggs, this casserole is a crowd-pleasing, throw-it-together dish you should make year-round.

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Bacon, Potato & Egg Breakfast Casserole

This breakfast casserole is a simple, hearty dish of eggs and bacon, mixed with potatoes and vegetables, that can be prepared up to a day in advance.

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Overnight Merguez and Mushroom Strata

At its most basic, strata is stale bread, egg custard, and cheese. After that, it’s pretty much a choose-your-own adventure. This version has a harissa-spiced custard, merguez sausage, and mushrooms.

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Make-Ahead Bacon & Leek Casserole

A recipe for a cheesy bacon and leek egg casserole that can be prepared ahead of time and is perfect for Easter brunch.

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Shakshuka-ish Breakfast Casserole with Feta Drop Biscuits

This playful twist on shakshuka is a hearty, showstopping choice for brunch for a crowd.

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Slow Cooker Migas Casserole

We took the classic skillet migas and transformed them into a low-and-slow, cheesy migas casserole.

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Breakfast Burrito Egg Casserole

It's everything you love about a classic breakfast burrito layered into an egg casserole.

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Instant Pot Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Strata

The beauty of this recipe is that you can prep it the night before. In the fridge, the bread soaks up the custard and takes on a ton of flavor.

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Overnight Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

This overnight slow cooker breakfast casserole is loaded with veggies, ham, and cheese and cooks while you sleep, so you can wake up to a hot breakfast in the morning.

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Sweet Brunch Casseroles

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French Toast Casserole

This easy, make-ahead breakfast bake is a crowdpleaser every time. It boasts all the classic cinnamon and vanilla French toast flavors, wrapped up into a family-style casserole.

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Strawberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

Strawberries & cream French toast casserole gets a double dose of berries with bursts of strawberry jam & cream cheese in the center, plus a fresh berry topping.

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Double Chocolate Croissant French Toast Casserole

Soak stale croissants in a chocolate milk custard and shower the whole thing with chocolate chips for the most decadent breakfast imaginable.

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Overnight Blueberry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole

This French toast casserole comes jam-packed with cubed challah bread, blueberries, and warm spices, and is topped with a delicious cream cheese glaze.

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Cinnamon Sugar Dutch Baby Casserole

This casserole Dutch baby pancake is baked in a 9x13 dish, gilded with cinnamon-sugar, and is nearly effortless to pull off.

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Overnight French Toast

Prep the night before and once you wake up and bake, be rewarded by thickly sliced brioche bread soaked in luscious custard and topped with a crunchy, spice-kissed streusel topping.

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Loaded Blueberry Cheesecake Breakfast Bake

This is 100% a weekend brunch casserole — toasted golden bread baked with cascades of juicy blueberries and deep, rich swirls of cream cheese.

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Blackberry Croissant Breakfast Bake

This bake does the impossible: It improves on flaky, buttery croissants by soaking them in a rich, custardy liquid and baking them with a slew of juicy blackberries.

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Blueberry Pancake Casserole

This casserole for a crowd is everything you love about fluffy buttermilk pancakes loaded with blueberries the added bonus of a streusel topping.

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Orange-Maple French Toast Casserole

Lean on the season’s abundance of sweet, ripe oranges to make this French toast casserole the hero of your weekend brunch.

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Apple-Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

Make this cinnamon and apple French toast casserole the night before and enjoy it fuss free in the morning. Apple butter in the custard is the trick!

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Cinnamon Roll Casserole

We love making cinnamon rolls from scratch but for an easy, family-friendly breakfast during the holidays, we turn to refrigerated cinnamon rolls from the store.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Baked Oatmeal

Get your rhubarb fix for dessert with this tender, creamy baked oatmeal dotted over with bits of strawberry and rhubarb.

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Brunch Baked Goods

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Coffee Cake

The keys to the best coffee cake for your weekend brunch? An extra layer of crumbly topping in the middle and an easy icing drizzled over the top.

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Sour Cream Pound Cake

Sour cream is the secret to making super-tender pound cake with a subtle tang.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Sweet Rolls

These fluffy sweet rolls boast lemon poppyseed flavor three ways: in the dough, in the filling, and in the tangy cream cheese glaze.

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Carrot Cake Muffins

Turn your favorite, spice-packed cake into a morning muffin.

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Lemon Blueberry Bread

This tall loaf is full of plump blueberries and lemon zest, and crowned with lemon icing.

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Slow Cooker Pull-Apart Cinnamon Rolls

There's no need to keep an eye on the oven, plus slow cooker cinnamon rolls cook up with a ultra-moist and tender center.

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Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

A buttery-rich pound cake with fresh lemons to add a citrusy flavor to the batter and fresh (or frozen) blueberries to embellish every slice.

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Strawberry Muffins

These light and tender muffins are packed to the brim with juicy fresh strawberries.

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Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls

These stunning rolls feature a soft, yeasted dough, warm brown sugar filling with a layer of blueberry sauce, and a drizzle of blueberry cream cheese glaze.

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Blueberry Muffins

These blueberry muffins are not only easy to make (they require just one bowl) but they’re also perfect in nearly every way: they’re not too sweet, boast a tender crumb, and are bursting with blueberries in each and every bite.

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Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

A step-by-step recipe for making cinnamon rolls with sourdough starter.

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Cinnamon Roll Cake

This cake has all the delicious ooey-gooeyness of cinnamon buns without the hassle of rising and rolling out a yeasted dough.

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Peach Cobbler Pound Cake

A tender yet perfectly dense cake with a brown sugar-peach cobbler topping and a cinnamon sugar glaze.

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Giant Lemon Roll

This single, giant lemon roll cake has soft, pillowy dough and a lemony-brown sugar swirl that you can pull apart layer by layer.

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Blueberry Scones

These are buttery, flaky scones, chock full of juicy blueberries with a crunchy lemon-sugar top.

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Strawberry Pound Cake

This rich and buttery pound cake boasts streaks of perfectly tart strawberries and a simple lemony glaze.

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Chocolate Chip Scones

Tender, buttery scones studded with chocolate morsels that melt in your mouth.

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Cinnamon Roll Pound Cake

This playful take on pound cake is ultra fragrant thanks to a thick cinnamon swirl and finished with a decadent cream cheese icing.

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How to Make the Best Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

A step-by-step guide to making the very best classic lemon poppy seed muffins.

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Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf Cake

From the warm lemon flavor to the impossibly moist, pillowy texture to the ultra-luxe lemon icing, this version is even better than the one from Starbucks.

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Buttermilk Pound Cake

Buttermilk gives this tender, classic pound cake a tiny bit of tang.

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Easter Breads

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Hot Cross Buns

Spiced breakfast rolls flavored with orange, spices, and plump dried fruit are finished with a piped pastry or icing cross.

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Italian Sweet Easter Egg Breads

This bread takes its cue from the flavors and traditions most often found in Sicily — namely the anise and orange — and delivers a rich and tender texture that might remind you of challah bread.

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Greek Tsoureki (Easter Bread)

Greek Tsoureki, a sweet, egg-rich bread usually prepared around Easter, is a showy, sweet loaf that is just as delicious as it is beautiful.

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Polish Easter Babka

Easter Baba, or babka, babka wielkanocna, has graced the table for Easter for centuries. Feel free to add finely diced candied orange before baking.

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Paska Bread

This traditional Easter bread is tender and subtly sweet with a texture and flavor similar to brioche or challah bread.

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Easter Bread with Raisins and Sugar Cubes (Aachener Poschweck)

This gorgeously burnished sweet bread has been an Easter tradition in Aachen, Germany’s westernmost city, since medieval times. Serve it at your Easter Sunday breakfast table, sliced thickly, along with homemade jams and sweet butter.

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Shoreek (Egyptian Sugared Brioche Rolls)

These fluffy, buttery rolls dotted with crunchy sugar are perfect for Orthodox Easter or a celebration of everyday, with a cup of coffee or tea. While they are perfect as-is, a sprinkle of cinnamon or a drizzle of honey butter over the top is sublime.

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Brunch Cocktails

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Blood Orange French 75

A riff on the classic Champagne cocktail — The French 75 — this pitcher cocktail can be made with sparkling wine. Sweetened with simple syrup and punched up with gin and blood orange gin, this is a great brunch cocktail for Easter Sunday.

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Aperol Spritz

A simple combination of sparkling wine with a splash of Aperol (a bitter liquor) and club soda, usually garnished with an orange.

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The Perfect Mimosa

A few simple steps result in the ultimate version of this brunch classic. This recipe makes one cocktail but is easy to batch.

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Bloody Mary

Learn to make the best Bloody Mary with tomato juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and more.

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Strawberry & Limoncello Rosé Sangria

While this recipe calls for rosé Champagne, you can most definitely substitute it with another sparkling rosé wine to help keep costs down.

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Easy Pitcher Margaritas

Margaritas aren't traditionally associated with Easter brunch, but is there a better expression of the transition from winter to spring than citrus juice, orange liquor, and tequila? Probably not.

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Espresso Martini

Espresso, vodka, coffee liqueur, and simple syrup make up this delightful boozy Brunch cocktail. Shaken not stirred, please.

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Blood Orange Mimosa Pitcher Cocktail

A traditional mimosa is an ounce or two (depending who is pouring!) of fresh-squeezed orange juice topped with chilly Brut Champagne. Here we’re replacing those navel oranges with the brilliantly-hued juice from blood oranges.

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Paloma Cocktail

Rosey-hued and bittersweet, this grapefruit and tequila highball gets a fizzy finish with a splash of grapefruit soda.

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Big-Batch Costco Budget Sangria

An easy, affordable recipe for red wine sangria that's sourced from Costco.

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French 75 Cocktail

This classic cocktail is a mix of gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup, with Champagne poured on top.

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Pink Squirrel Cocktail

A pretty pink cocktail that tastes like chocolate and almonds? Yes, please! This classic cocktail has a lot in common with other cream-based cocktails like the Brandy Alexander and the Grasshopper.

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Painkiller Cocktail

Dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cream of coconut come together in this tiki classic.

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Irish Martini

Made with just 3 ingredients, this easy Brunch cocktail gives espresso martini a run for its money.

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Spicy Pineapple Vodka Punch

A quick, 3-ingredient recipe a vodka cocktail with pineapple juice and jalapeño.

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