For Christians around the world, Easter is the first major holiday of spring. Everything centers around new birth. Eggs, green vegetables, and spring lamb figure prominently in the cuisine. And the proscribed foods of Lent -- butter, eggs, sugar and cream -- reappear in an infinite variety of rich Easter breads. Consider one of these recipes from around the world for your special dinner. Keep these Christmas Bread Recipes from Around the World
for that holiday.
Flickr by Blue Fin
Eastern Europeans love bread and at Easter time, they pull out all the stops with elaborate braids and sculpted dough adorning the staggering variety in their culinary repertoire.
© 2009 Elizabeth Yetter licensed to About.com, Inc.
Elizabeth Yetter, About.com's Guide to Bread Baking, says the orange and lemon zest
in this raisin bread recipe elevates it to company fare, and makes it a good candidate for toast. And bread pudding, too, I'm thinking!
Flickr by Bron Marshall
This recipe for hot cross buns comes from Elaine Lemm, About.com's Guide to British & Irish Food. She says they traditionally are eaten warm with a little butter on Good Friday and are perfect for tea time.
© 2008 Ashley Skabar licensed to About.com, Inc.
Ashley Skabar, About.com's Guide to Dairy-Free Cooking, presents this recipe for dairy-free hot cross buns that has extra yeast, which shortens the rising time and makes it ideal for busy cooks and weeknight dinners.
Flickr by You Can Count on Me
This recipe for hot cross buns provided by Peggy Trowbridge, About.com's Guide to Home Cooking, is from "Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book"
(Meredith Books, 2004). The hazelnuts and hazelnut liqueur are optional.
© 2009 Karin Engelbrecht licensed to About.com, Inc.
Karin Engelbrecht, About.com's Guide to Dutch Food, says her recipe for paasstol
is not strictly traditional because she likes to experiment with dried fruits, other than the typical raisins and currants, like dried cherries and cranberries.
© 2009 Jennifer McGavin licensed to About.com, Inc.
The dough for these bunny rolls from Jennifer McGavin, About.com's Guide to German Food, actually can be shaped into whatever form you and your little ones desire. Their slightly sweet flavor makes them perfect for Easter breakfast.
© Nancy Gaifyllia licensed to About.com, Inc.
This traditional Greek Easter bread comes from Nancy Gaifyllia, About.com's Guide to Greek Food. She says there are as many recipes for tsoureki
as there are cooks, including this one for Easy Tsoureki
Kyle Phillips, About.com's Guide to Italian Food, says this recipe for Pane di Pasqua
, or Easter Bread, is probably Neapolitan. Pancetta, ham, onion, bell pepper, capers, hard-cooked eggs and more are incorporated into the yeast dough.
© 2009 Marian Blazes licensed to About.com, Inc.
Marian Blazes, About.com's Guide to South American Food, says she always makes potato cinnamon rolls for her family's breakfast on holidays like Easter. While there is no proper Spanish name for them, they are widely available in South America.