Holiday Bread Recipes

Looking for holiday bread recipes? Allrecipes has more than 520 trusted holiday bread recipes complete with ratings, reviews and baking tips.

Staff Picks

Basic Babka

Rating: 4.89 stars
6
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.

Matzah

Rating: 4.73 stars
51
This recipe can be used during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Potica

Rating: 4.41 stars
35
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.

Braided Easter Egg Bread

Rating: 4.4 stars
282
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: 4.78 stars
61
Ok...so 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: 4.74 stars
28
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: 4.34 stars
71
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.

Banana Banana Bread

Rating: 4.59 stars
11772
Why compromise the banana flavor? This banana bread is moist and delicious with loads of banana flavor! Friends and family love my recipe and say it's by far the best! It's wonderful toasted!! Enjoy!

Mom's Zucchini Bread

Rating: 4.76 stars
8057
Really, really good and moist- my kids eat it as quickly as I can make it. Bread will freeze well, and keep in refrigerator for weeks.

Janet's Rich Banana Bread

Rating: 4.83 stars
7094
This is the moistest banana bread that I have ever tasted. It's also very easy to make!

Golden Sweet Cornbread

Rating: 4.74 stars
2831
If you like sweet cornbread, this is the recipe for you! My mom made this for me as a child, and now it's my family's favorite.
Advertisement

Inspiration and Ideas

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

"I serve these at the church I cook for when I do my St. Patrick's Day meal, and everyone loves them!" – crazycook

Chef John's Irish Soda Bread

See how to make this tender buttermilk quick bread.

Amish White Bread

Rating: 4.79 stars
4940

I got this recipe from a friend. It is very easy, and doesn't take long to make.