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Five Eastertime Breads

There’s more to April than chocolate. Here are five popular Easter and Passover breads from around the world:

Simnel cake – a light fruit cake made with 2 layers of marzipan, one in the middle and one on top. It also decorated with eleven marzipan balls then toasted. It’s common in the U.K. and Ireland.

Potica – a pastry bread made by spreading a sweetened nut paste over dough, then rolled into a log shape. While there are many variations (in many countries), it’s a popular Easter bread in Slovenia and parts of the U.S.

Hot cross buns – not just a nursery rhyme, these spiced sweet buns (with a pastry or flour and water cross on top) are an Easter staple in Canada, the U.K., Australia, and more.

Paska – an popular bread in Eastern European countries; it’s traditionally made with milk, butter, eggs, flour, and sugar, then glazed with an egg and water mixture.

Matzo – also called matza or matzah, this unleavened bread is a traditional food for the week-long Passover holiday. It can be in a hard form like a cracker, or softer like a pita.