Traditional Easter Braided Sweet Bread

As Easter is approaching I’m sharing with you some of my favourite recipes for this occasion. This sweet bread (or challah, kalács, brioche) is always a hit with everyone I know, consumed either with butter, marmalade, jam, by itself, or even with cooked ham and horseradish (YES!) – everybody has their loved variation. This bread is traditionally on every table in Hungary during the Easter festivities – plain, sprinkled with sesame or poppy seeds, or decorated with bows, coloured eggs. This time I made a plain version, but you may add raisins to the dough, and sprinkle the bread with seeds or kosher salt and decorate to your liking.


500g flour
7g instant dried yeast
50g sugar
1 sachet vanilla sugar
pinch of salt
250ml whipping cream
2 eggs + 1 white

1 egg yolk and 1 tbsp of milk for brushing


1. Mix flour and yeast and pour everything in the bowl of a stand mixer. Knead for about 5-7 minutes. My mixer gave up after around 2 minutes, so I continued kneading with my hands. If you are using raisins, add them 2 minutes before finishing the kneading.
2. Form a ball and let the dough rise for 1 hour.
3. Now the fun part, do the braid! I found nice step-by-step instructions for this here:

I made a braid with 4 strings now.
4. Transfer to a baking pan (lined with baking sheet) and let it rise for about 30 mins more.
5. Brush the braid with the mixture of the egg yolk and 1 tbsp milk.

6. Place the bread in pre-heated oven and bake for about 35-40 mins at 190°C, or until golden brown.

Serve with whatever you like! 🙂

18 Responses to “Traditional Easter Braided Sweet Bread”
  1. I’ve always wanted to make this. Maybe I’ll change up my Easter cinnamon rolls that I usually make and try this for a change. You make it sound so easy.

  2. KuZina says:

    I want to try EVERYTHING here!!!!!!! These look beautiful!!!

  3. KuZina says:

    These look BEAUTIFUL! I want to try everything here!

  4. sugaredpecan says:

    Oh my, this sounds soooo good!

  5. Chef Nusy says:

    Wow! Looks pretty! Yours didn’t “rise apart” as hard as mine in the oven…
    My mom also makes little pouches from the same dough, filled with a cottage cheese and raisin stuffing… Those are quite delectable, too!
    Thanks for liking the herb version!

  6. Lovely! I love how so many different cultures have a version of this Easter bread!

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