11 Easter Breads from Around the World to Bring Rich Sweetness to Your Spring Celebrations

updated Jun 12, 2023
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Rich with tradition, symbolism, and treasured ingredients, Easter breads figure prominently in many cultures’ celebrations. From Germany to Greece, these yeast-risen breads are full of eggs, butter, sugar, fruits, nuts, and spices — any would be welcome in at your Easter brunch or Easter dinner.

Grab your passport and travel around the world through the lens of Easter bread. From hot cross buns in Britain, to Greek Tsoureki, your eyes and stomach will thank you.

11 Sweet and Rich Easter Breads

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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. Here's how to make it.
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Aachener Poschweck (Easter Bread with Raisins and Sugar Cubes)

This gorgeously burnished sweet bread has been an Easter tradition in Aachen, Germany’s westernmost city, since medieval times.

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Chocolate Babka
This chocolate babka gets a sweet crumb topping scattered on top.
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Italian Sweet Easter Egg Breads
This bread takes its cue from the Sicilian flavors of anise and orange; and delivers a rich and tender texture that might remind you of challah bread.
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Classic Hot Cross Buns
Classic hot cross buns hold genuine symbolic value that can stand deliciously and proudly alongside any holiday baked treat.
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Vánočka (Sweet Braided Czech Bread with Almonds and Raisins)

This recipe makes an enormous braided loaf, scented with nutmeg and lemon, peppered with almonds and plump golden raisins.

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Earl Grey Hot Cross Buns

Strongly brewed Earl Grey tea lends these rolls citrusy bergamot and floral notes that pair perfectly lemon and orange zest in the buns, making them even more fragrant and appropriate for breakfast.

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Chocolate-Tahini Babka
This decadent loaf features pull-apart layers of sweet bread, dark chocolate, and nutty tahini.
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Confetti Cake Bunny Bread

These Easter bread bunnies are quick to make and finished with a delicious surprise.

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Shoreek (Egyptian Sugared Brioche Rolls) Recipe
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.
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