April 22, 2011

Easter Breads from Around the World

Sweet holiday breads are part of the Easter traditions in many countries around the world.  I think it's a wonderful way to learn about the way other cultures celebrate the season by delving in to these recipes, and getting a "taste" of the unique ways in which the people of different lands commemorate the religious "rising".

So far, this year, my family and I have baked up Colomba di Pasqua, the traditional Easter bread of Italy.  We created a version filled with candied orange and bits of semisweet chocolate.  Sliced, toasted and served with honey drizzled mascarpone, it was divine!  

This past week, we enjoyed Hot Cross Buns, a tradition that hails from England, and subject of the popular nursery rhyme.  Our Hot-Cross Buns were filled with bits of dried apricot and were topped with a sweet cream-cheese cross.

Today, I was thrilled to come across two new recipes that I'm eager to try:

My paternal grandfather's people came from Germany, so the recipe for the German Easter bread Osterkranz from "Doberman's By the Sea" is a must try:

photo credit:  Doberman's By the Sea

My mother's family came from Bialystok, Poland, but unfortunately no recipes were passed down from this line.  So I was delighted when I found the recipe for Polish Placek at "Delicious Inspiration".

photo credit:  Delicious Inspiration

I may not be able to claim any Bohemian ancestry, but that's not likely to stop me from trying the recipe for Bohemian Houska shared with me by Debby over at "Just Breathe". 

photo credit:  Just Breathe

Do you have a special Easter bread tradition?  Please feel free to link-up below, or share your tradition in the comments field.  


  1. Thank you for sharing me in your post. Those breads all looks delicious. I must try them. Have a beautiful Easter.

  2. YUM! Definitely checking these out! I love learning about other cultures traditions, especially food related ones!

  3. Hey Jen, thanks for featuring me. I remember the English breads with the cross now that I see them. My husband is part polish, so I might have to try the Polish recipe as well. Cheers

  4. No Bread traditions here to speak of, but my family loves (Dutch)Saucijzen -or more commonly known as pigs in the blanket...I make these for every holiday breakfast! Warm sausage wrapped in a blanket of bread with melted butter...LOVE LOVE LOVE! Thanks for sharing all of these pictures they all look wonderful!!

  5. Oooh, what fun! And we actually are from Bohemian stock! I'll have to try these.

  6. Thanks for putting these all in one post. I've gotta try some of these. They look delicious. Have a great Monday.


  7. Wow, these all look so delicious!!! Thank you for visiting my blog--that was so sweet of you! And I love your story about Little Suzie. It's amazing that you got her back. And your mom was so sweet to go looking for her.
    I'm your newest follower--and it's so nice to meet you!

  8. all those breads look irresistable!
    makes me wish we had an easter tradition

  9. All these Easter Breads look lovely - the photographs are just mouthwatering! Thank you for the links to the recipes :) I've shared a bread that I make all year round, but it is perfect for Easter. It's made in the bread machine, for those times when you really want home made bread but need a little extra help!


ar campaignName = ""; var postLabels = $('.post-labels a'); var insertBefore = $('.post-footer'); //END CODE OPTIONS - DO NOT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE var labels=[];var label;var alternateLabel;var minposts=minimum-1;if(postLabels.length===1){label=postLabels.text().trim()}else if(postLabels.length>1){$(postLabels).each(function(){labels.push($(this).text().trim())});label=labels[Math.floor(labels.length*Math.random())];var labelLocation=labels.indexOf(label);if(labelLocation===labels.length-1){alternateLabel=labels[labelLocation-1]}else{alternateLabel=labels[labelLocation+1]}}if(label!==undefined){var title=$(".entry-title").text().trim();var labelCount=0;var alternateLabelCount=0;var matches=[];var url=$('link[rel="alternate"][title*="Atom"]').eq(0).attr("href");$.ajax({url:url,data:{"max-results":maxSearched,alt:"json-in-script"},dataType:"jsonp",success:function(e){$.each(e.feed.entry,function(t,n){if(e.feed.entry[t].category!==undefined){var r=[];for(var i=0;i=minposts){label=alternateLabel}$.each(e.feed.entry,function(t,n){if(e.feed.entry[t].category!==undefined){var r=[];for(var i=0;i'+s+''+s+"")}else if(matches.length'+s+''+s+"")}}}}});if(matches.length>=minimum){if(relatedTitle===true&&labelInTitle===true){insertBefore.before('")}else if(relatedTitle===true&&labelInTitle===false){insertBefore.before('")}else{insertBefore.before('')}matches.sort(function(){return.5-Math.random()});for(var t=0;t