Easter Recipes from Around the World

Bob Books
14th March 2018

Easter is another busy time full of feasts, gatherings and entertaining, especially if you’ve decided to host Easter at your house. Looking for some international recipes to change things up? We’ve got you covered. Take a look at our compilation of interesting traditional Easter food from around the world. Bon appétit!

1. Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are sweet spiced buns usually made with raisins or current with a sugary glaze in the form of a core marked on top of it. There are a few traditions associated with this pastry such as the protection of kitchens from evil spirits or cementing friendships with you the people you share them with.

Find a recipe here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2066661/hot-cross-buns 

2. Blueberry Scones

Scones are traditionally connected with Scotland, Ireland and England, but no one knows exactly who deserves the honour of the invention. Scones became popular in the 18th Century when the Duchess of Bedford ordered the servants to bring tea and some sweet breads, which included scones. She was so delighted by this, that she ordered it every afternoon and it slowly became tradition to have scones with the “Afternoon Tea Time”. Since then, scones have made their ways into homes and now tend to be made using family recipes, which is why these are a lovely Easter tradition to bring families together.

Find a recipe here: https://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/blueberry-scones-homemade-strawberry-jam/

3. French Roasted Lamb

If you’re in a French home on Easter Sunday, you’re likely to find a leg of lamb for the traditional holiday meal. France celebrates Easter with enthusiasm and many festivities such as searching for the Easter eggs in the garden. On the Easter tables, you will generally find lamb, not only is this meat strongly associated with Passover, but it is also a symbol of spring and new life.

Find a recipe here: https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/lamb-recipes/roast-rack-of-lamb-with-crushed-potatoes/

4. Spanish Torrijas

Torrijas are Spanish style French toasts. This dessert started appearing in the Roman times but became more common in the Middle Ages. It became tradition to eat torrijas during Lent and especially Holy Week as it became a popular option that compensated for the absence of meat from the diet.

Find a recipe here: http://spanishsabores.com/2012/03/31/torrijas-spanish-style-french-toast-recipe-with-cinnamon-and-honey/

5. Lithuanian Cepelinai (Potato Dumplings)

An Easter dinner in Lithuania will also often include cepelinai. These delicious dumplings are also called zeppelins as they are shaped much like the famous airships. The potato dumplings are very hearty and often filled with meat or cheese. This recipe features a pork filling and creamy bacon gravy.

Find the recipe here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/lithuanian-cepelinai-potato-dumplings-mushroom-sauce-bacon 

6.Italian Colomba di Pasqua

A Colomboa di Pasqua is a sweet bread similar to the Italian panettone. The dough is traditionally moulded to form the shape of a dove, then topped with almonds and pearl sugar before being baked in the oven. So why the Dove? The dove symbolises peace but there a few legends associated with the dove that stretches back to the Middle Ages, and no one is certain about which one is the right one.

Find a recipe here: https://www.christinascucina.com/traditional-italian-dove-bread-easter-colomba-di-pasqua/

If you try out any of our recipes, we'd love to hear how you got on. And don't forget to send us a pic!

You can also make an amazing recipe photo book that features photos of your family's recipes that have been passed down from great-grand-parents to grand-parents to parents to you. Looking for some inspiration? Take a look at Sarah Chatwin's Family Favorite Recipes and Aaron Phelan's cake by The Tasty Little Cakery.