Holiday Bread Recipes

For every holiday you can think of, a celebratory holiday bread is in order. Browse hundreds of recipes for favorite holiday breads complete with ratings, reviews and baking tips.

Staff Picks

Basic Babka

Rating: 5 stars 9
This Jewish treat is a hybrid of sweet roll, swirl bread, and coffee cake. It's a sweet yeast dough that you roll out, fill, and roll up like a jelly roll, then cut, twist, and bake in a loaf pan. Don't worry: It looks fancy (and it IS a little messy), but it's seriously easy to do. And once you get the dough down, you can try it with other fillings.


Rating: 4.5 stars 70
This recipe can be used during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.


Rating: 4.5 stars 38
This is a wonderful bread from Slovenia with a sweet, nutty filling. Due to the spelling and pronunciation (paw-tee'-tzah) it's very hard to find the recipe.
By Allrecipes Member

Braided Easter Egg Bread

Rating: 4.5 stars 326
This decorative Easter bread has whole eggs baked into it! Do not cook the whole eggs, as they will bake at the same time that the bread does. The eggs can also be dyed for extra color.

Choereg (Armenian Easter Bread)

Rating: 5 stars 74 my mother would just kill me if she knew I made our family recipe for Choereg public. But my policy is 'why keep a good thing to myself'. Choereg is a traditional, slightly sweet bread, especially made for Easter. It is delicious for breakfast with a nice cup of coffee. It takes some level of skill, but anyone used to handling yeast should not have a problem. You can find Mahleb at Middle Eastern grocery stores, especially around Easter. It will be with the spices. Please do not omit it, as this is what gives it its distinctive flavour and aroma.

Bread Machine Challah for Shabbat and Festivals

Rating: 5 stars 32
A perfect recipe for arthritic hands that can't knead dough easily anymore! Recipe is written for a bread machine that makes 1.5 pound (700 gram) loaves. NOTE: Do NOT bake this dough in the machine. Use only the dough/pasta setting. There is too much fully-risen dough for the machine to accommodate.

Old World Poppy Seed Roll

Rating: 4.5 stars 86
Tender, soft, sweet yeast bread swirled with a creamy homemade poppy seed filling. Growing up, my mother and aunts always made this Eastern European bread for Easter and Christmas. Looks complicated, but is easy enough to make for an Old-World treat. I like it best after the second day.

Cheese-Filled Easter Polish Bread (Babka)

This is a delicious sweet bread with a swirl of orange and vanilla-flavored cheese. It is easy to make and too easy to eat. We will enjoy it this Easter and I hope you enjoy it too! Eat one loaf for Easter and freeze the other for later.

Mom's Zucchini Bread

Rating: 5 stars 10910
A moist and delicious zucchini bread flavored with walnuts and cinnamon. Easy to bake and freeze, this recipe makes two loaves.
By Allrecipes Member

Janet's Rich Banana Bread

Rating: 5 stars 9996
Sour cream guarantees a moist and tender loaf. And bananas are sliced instead of mashed in this recipe, giving a concentrated banana taste in every bite.
By vjonsson

Golden Sweet Cornbread

Rating: 4.5 stars 3784
This mom's family-favorite recipe for golden sweet cornbread results in perfect texture and flavor that complements any dish.

Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Rating: 5 stars 7379
Grandma's recipe for a sweet, moist cornbread sure to become your favorite!

Inspiration and Ideas

Irish Soda Bread Muffins
Rating: Unrated 43
"I serve these at the church I cook for when I do my St. Patrick's Day meal, and everyone loves them!" – crazycook
Rhubarb Bread I
Rating: 4.5 stars 405

Rhubarb is one of the wonderful gifts of spring. This bread will turn it into a delicious treat for the whole family.