21 Easter Bread Recipes to Complete Your Holiday Menu

Carrot Cake Bread
Photo: Brie Passano

This year, try one of our new takes on Easter bread, including quick breads, sweet braided Easter bread recipes, and pull-apart loaves. These recipes are the ultimate carb-craving cures for your spring holiday menu.

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Apricot-Raisin Hot Cross Buns

Apricot-Raisin Hot Cross Buns
Andy Lyons

Hot cross buns are a traditional Easter bread. Give the classic recipe a modern upgrade with slices of dried apricots.

Test Kitchen Tip: Make these rolls up to three days ahead of your Easter brunch.

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Carrot Cake Bread

Carrot Cake Bread
Brie Passano

This sweet Easter bread recipe packs all the flavors you know and adore from the classic layered bakery treat, just in a totally-appropriate-for-brunch quick bread package. With a cup and a half of shredded carrots per loaf, you can almost convince yourself that you're taking your morning vitamins.

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Apple Pie Pull-Apart Loaf

Apple Pie Pull-Apart Loaf
Andy Lyons

You have our permission to eat pie before noon. Well, almost! This sweet Easter bread recipe is as luscious as apple pie a la mode, but it's absolutely okay for eating at brunch. (Hey, there is fruit in between the layers of flaky yeast bread!)

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Lemon-Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread

Lemon-Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread
Carson Downing

Put a springtime twist on classic lemon-poppy seed bread. Grated zucchini in the batter keeps the bread extra moist and homemade lemon syrup adds sweet flavor to each bite.

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Bacon and Tomato Khachapuri (Egg and Cheese Bread)

Bacon and Tomato Khachapuri (Egg and Cheese Bread)
Hannah Bigot

Try your hand at making this savory Easter bread recipe. Khachapuri, a traditional recipe from the country of Georgia, is normally a cheese-filled bread boat. Here, we up the a.m. ante with eggs and bacon, plus fresh tomatoes and chives to cut through the richness.

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Orange Bowknots

Orange Bowknots

Countless BH&G fans have written in to tell us their moms used to whip up this buttery sweet braided Easter bread recipe decades ago. Carry on the delicious tradition (or start a new one of your own) with these yeast bread bows. The bread alone will have everyone asking for the recipe, but the orange icing is what really takes this into "timeless" territory.

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Sausage, Apple, and Cheddar Monkey Bread

Sausage Apple Cheddar Monkey Bread
Carson Downing

Monkey bread isn't always sweet—we're pretty bananas for this savory Easter bread recipe. It's ideal for a holiday brunch gathering. Breakfast sausage, apple, cheddar cheese, and sage elevate basic biscuits to fight-over-the-last bite territory.

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Garlic and Herb Swirl Bread

Garlic and Herb Swirl Bread
Jacob Fox

Each bite of this Easter bread recipe is filled with buttery herbs and Parmesan cheese. As one reviewer raves, "This is definitely a special occasion only bread; it was flavorful and made a beautiful presentation."

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Best Banana Bread

Best Banana Bread
Kritsada Panichgul

You're probably wondering, "Really though, what makes this the 'best' banana bread?" It's all about one simple extra prep step for this sweet Easter bread recipe. Roast the bananas before adding them to the cinnamon batter to amplify their natural sweetness.

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No-Knead Skillet Focaccia

No-Knead Skillet Focaccia
Jacob Fox

Everything from egg casserole to your holiday ham pair perfectly with this easy Italian Easter bread recipe. Kalamata olives, roasted sweet peppers, fresh rosemary, and sliced garlic make each bite oh-so Mediterranean. A healthy dose of olive oil and the cast-iron skillet cooking method provides a craveable crust.

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Tangerine-Poppy Seed Quick Bread

Tangerine-Poppy Seed Quick Bread
Andy Lyons

It looks and tastes like you spent hours stressing over this sweet Easter bread recipe. Only you need to know the quick bread calls for just 20 minutes of prep! Tangerine juice and zest offer a tart complement to the sweet and buttery bread batter. Poppy seeds are optional but highly recommended for a little nutty kick.

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Honey-Zucchini Bread

Honey-Zucchini Bread
Jason Donnelly

Quick bread meets granola cereal in this utterly irresistible sweet Easter bread recipe. With more than two cups of shredded squash in the batter, this zucchini bread is like a sneak peek of summer flavors to come. Honey, vanilla, and cinnamon disguise the veggies just enough for picky eaters.

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Bacon-Caramel Rolls

Bacon-Caramel Rolls
Blaine Moats

This Easter brunch bread recipe is loaded with chopped bacon, pecans, and an ooey-gooey caramel sauce. Make the rolls up to 3 days ahead and reheat in the oven before serving.

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Air-Fryer Banana Bread

Air-Fryer Banana Bread
Caitlin Bensel

Cooking banana bread in your air fryer results in a moist Easter bread with a slightly crisp crust. Toast the walnuts before adding them to the batter to deepen the flavor.

Test Kitchen Tip: Don't be alarmed if the top of your finished bread is a touch darker than oven-baked. It's normal since the heating element is directly above the loaf.

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Cranberry Twist Bread

Cranberry Twist Bread
Blaine Moats

Homemade cranberry sauce is proof that oranges and cranberries taste even better together. Here, that delightful duo is reimagined with chopped cranberries between the braided bread and orange icing coating the top. A couple of spoonfuls of chopped pecans add a satisfying crunch factor.

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Baklava Monkey Bread

Baklava Monkey Bread
Brie Passano

Baklava, the nutty, honey-rich phyllo dough dessert popular in Greece and other Middle Eastern countries, can be fussy to make from scratch. This Greek Easter bread recipe takes the same flavors (including pistachios, walnuts, lemon, and cinnamon) into a pull-apart bread that calls for just 15 minutes of prep time. Once again, refrigerated biscuits save the day for this cast-iron skillet creation.

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Caramel Apple Poke Cake

Caramel Apple Poke Cake
Blaine Moats

Part Easter bread and part dessert, this easy recipe is made with a double dose of apple. Slather the finished sweet bread with a homemade caramel whipped cream.

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Olive Oil and Rosemary Loaf

Olive Oil and Rosemary Loaf
Justin Coit

This savory quick bread recipe is a must for your Easter dinner. Olive oil in the dough keeps the finished loaf moist while fresh chopped rosemary adds flavor.

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Make-It-Mine Flatbread

Make-It-Mine Flatbread
Andy Lyons

A homemade flatbread dough is the base for this easy Easter recipe. Pile it high with in-season produce like fresh asparagus, sliced green onions, and mint. Finish the dish with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice.

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Giant Cast Iron Cinnamon Roll

Giant Cast Iron Cinnamon Roll
Matthew Clark

This Easter brunch recipe starts with frozen white bread dough. Doctor it up with swirls of cinnamon, sugar, and chopped pecans. Finish the whole skillet with a homemade cream cheese frosting.

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Babka

Babka
Blaine Moats

Our take on classic Babka makes a crowd-pleasing sweet braided Easter bread recipe. Choose from cinnamon-streusel, dried fruit, or hazelnut fillings—they're all delicious.

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