Best Easter Breads Round-Up

You are sure to find at least one recipe that will be perfect for your Easter celebration.

babka bread

Time is getting away from me. It’s the story of my life. It’s almost too late – but not quite too late – to plan our Easter bread making. I’ve pulled together a few of my favorites here. Your only problem might be choosing just one!


Lemon Apricot Sticky BunsLemon-Apricot Sticky Buns are sweet, tart, and gooey.

Peanut Butter Banana BreadThe kids will love moist and easy peanut butter banana bread.

Rich Sourdough Egg Bread Rich enough for a special occasion but not overly sweet.

Sourdough Cinnamon RollsFor many families, Easter morning means cinnamon rolls.

Mom’s Orange Blossom Rolls Sweet rolls baked with a tangy-sweet orange topping.

Sourdough Hot Cross BunsThis recipe calls for plenty of warm spices, lemon peel and currants.

Walnut Currant RollsSimilar to hot cross buns, but less rich. And apparently I couldn’t spell currant correctly!

Dried Apple BreadWhen you want a special bread but don’t want a traditionally rich bread.

Savarin CakeFrench style, yeasted, sponge cake.

Easter Babka BreadA sweet bread that traditional cooks have adapted to whatever is still in the pantry come spring. 


by Renee Pottle

Renee Pottle, a freelance writer and Home Economist, is fanatic about all things food. She blogs about canning and food preservation at Find her professional food writing info at

March 22, 2016

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  1. Dawn Heim

    Hi I love the Easter Babka. I have been make it for years but I never wrote it down ????. This year I can’t seem to find the ingredients I go on the mother Earth news site and the ingredients I can I ge ingredients I go on the Mother Earth news site and the ingredients are no longer listed ????. I’m wondering if you could help me. I would very much appreciate it thank you

    • admin

      Dawn, happy to help. Not sure why the ingredients disappeared from Mother Earth News, but I am listing the recipe below.
      Babka Recipe
      2 tsp active dried yeast
      2 Tbsp warm water
      ¼ cup granulated sugar
      3 eggs
      ¾ cup sour cream (low-fat is fine)
      ½ cup lukewarm milk
      ½ tsp salt
      1 Tbsp grated lemon peel
      1 Tbsp grated orange peel
      4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
      ½ cup dried tart cherries
      ½ cup golden raisins

      Icing Recipe
      1 cup powdered sugar
      1 Tbsp lemon juice

      Dissolve the yeast in the water in a large bowl or stand mixer bowl. Add sugar, eggs, sour cream and milk. Beat until smooth.
      Add salt, citrus peel, and flour. Beat until a soft dough forms.
      Add dried fruit, beating just to combine with the dough.
      Push the dough into a greased bowl and cover. Let rise in a warm place for 2 hours.
      Push risen dough into a greased 10-cup Bundt pan. Cover and let rise another 40 – 60 minutes.
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove babka from pan and continue to cool on a wire rack.
      Combine icing ingredients. Drizzle over nearly cool babka. Cool completely before cutting.

      • Dawn Heim

        Thank Thank Thank so much ????


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