We received so many incredible recipes for our 2014 Easter roundup that we were blown away and knew we had to do this in two parts (37 entries - our most ever for a roundup!). We'll have part 2 on Thursday so be sure to come by and check out the second half then!
One theme was very clear - we love our Easter breads. From Hot Cross Buns to Paska and everything in between. So for part one of our Easter roundup, we're focusing on just that - delicious breads!
These beautiful Ukrainian Paskas come from Marie at Celebration Generation. You can check out her version of Paska and maybe take her up on her suggestion for using it to make some phenomenal French toast!
If you are thinking about making French Toast from Paska, you will want to check out Wendy's Torrejas over at East Sip Slurp. Torrejas are a traditional Latin American dessert similar to French Toast but made with Paska, served cold and with homemade syrup!
You would be welcome in any house with a beautiful Ukrainian basket of Paska, ham and Pysanky eggs like the one Peggy at Savoury Image put together.
This beautiful Italian Easter bread, Tortano is from Marzia at Bella Cibo. Traditionally stuffed with cheese, salami, mortadella, prosciutto and boiled eggs, she says it's a family affair making this for Easter. It looks and sounds delicious!
One theme that came through so many of our submissions was about the passing down of traditions, like this braided Easter Bread from Liz at Emma Eats - meant for sharing with family and friends.
Paska often has a citrus component that you'll find in many recipes but, it's also often served with icing like Linda at Let Them Eat Cake and Ice Cream remembers her grandmother serving it to her as a child. That's right... Paska with Icing! What a treat. (appropriate for a blog called Let Them Eat Cake, no?)
Want so have a little more fun with your Paska? How about these adorable Paska Chickadees that Marisa at Tasty Delights came up with?
And for a "twist" (get it?) try these gluten free Paska rolls from Jeanine at The Baking Beauties!
We had no shortage of Hot Cross Buns submissions as well and why not? The variations are as wide ranging as the number of recipes out there. This version by Julia at Swirls and Spice is a Carrot Spice Hot Cross Bun recipe.
Hélène at La Cuisine d'Hélène made a version of Hot Cross Buns with Candied Fruit and a simple icing sugar/water cross.
Candy at Dessert by Candy made a more citrus-y version of Hot Cross Buns with the traditional pastry flour cross that goes on before baking.
Bridget at Crosby's made a version of Hot Cross Buns that incorporates molasses into the dough - giving it a little extra spiciness in the flavour.
More sweet smelling vanilla and cinnamon infused Hot Cross Buns from Barry at Rock Recipes with vanilla flavoured crosses.
And last but not least, a fluffy simple version of Hot Cross Buns from Anna at Hidden Ponies!
If we're staying with baked goods then Easter cookies are always a well loved treat and Jacquee from I Sugar Coat It shows us just how Easter bunnies are made with these sweet, layered vanilla bean Easter bunny cookies - it's all magic!
Mini eggs are ubiquitous with Easter in Canada and it's hard to resist their chocolatey filling and candy coated shells. Kristi from My Dad Butters His Bacon decided to stuff some into cookie dough and.. voila: Mini Egg Cookies were born!
It's always nice to have some gluten-free options for Easter and Eva at Pastel Bakery obliged with these cute gluten and dairy free vanilla bean Easter Bunny cookies!
Could these Easter Nest Sugar Cookies from Robyn at Planet Byn be any cuter or more evocative of spring? We don't think so!
It's pretty hard to think of Easter treats without Cream Eggs coming to mind and Ariana at The Home Journalist made these Cadbury Cream Egg Cookie Cups as a fun way to incorporate this treat into a cupcake!
We'll have part two of our Easter recipe roundup on Thursday where we'll have you covered for Easter breakfast, lunch and dinner - with a little dessert thrown into the mix!