Easter bread roundup

As I am quite sure we all know what Easter means, I am not going to go into the details of explaining the Christian meaning of this day. For me, both Christmas and Easter always meant a big family gathering at grandma’s. Our family is scattered around Europe, and we don’t get together too often: weddings, funerals, Christmas and Easter.

Easter also means eating special foods you never ever do, but on those special days. In Northern Croatia, where my mom is from, we eat sweet bread with cooked ham, horseradish and hard-boiled eggs, all taken to church in a basket to be blessed. Grandma usually does that at 6 in the morning, so by the time we wake up it is all laid on the table waiting for us. The smell of horseradish, ham…and grandma’s special tea – priceless!

In Zagreb, for example, they eat spring onions instead of horseradishes. The smell of onions at the church on Sunday morning is quite priceless too, especially for those singing in the church choir like my brother (who eats horseradish, and smells of early spring morning).

I’ve collected for you several Easter Europen Easter bread recipes to browse through:

Babka is a spongy, brioche-like yeast cake traditionally baked for Easter Sunday in Poland, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Albania. It normally made without filling and glazed with vanilla- or chocolate-flavored icing and decorated with dried fruits.

Jump to Ania's Kitchen for the recipe.
Croatian Easter bread dolls, name says it all - Easter bread that looks like a baby. See how to make it on The Suburban peasant.
Potica is a typical festive cake in Sovenia. Best known is the Potica with nut filling, but it can also be filled with poppy-seed, cottage cheese, hazelnut, chocolate, honey, or even tarragon or leek. See more on how to prepare it on I feel Slovenia.
Velkonočna hlávka - Slovak Easter bread with meat, recipe here.
Pinca - Croatian Easter bread originating from Dalmatia. See details and recipe on the beautiful The Suburban Peasant.
Kozunak - Bulgarian Easter bread, precious recipe on MUSHITZA
Kulich - for this beautiful take on Russian Easter bread visit Natasha's Kitchen

Do you have a family recipe? What does your Easter breakfast table look like? Tell us in the comments below!

Happy Easter everyone!

About the author

Petra Tkalcec

Petra is a Co-founder and Executive Editor of EastOK Europe. She is a Croatian living in Budapest with her Serbian husband, two sons and an English bulldog.

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