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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.