Traditional Easter Dessert Recipes

Grandma's traditional Easter dessert recipes offer the best homemade Easter dessert ideas for your Easter celebration. Get ready to enjoy fun Easter desserts such as theme cakes, fun cookies, braided sweet breads, and be sure to save room for a traditional hot cross bun.

Also enjoy making Chocolate Easter Eggs for gift giving and Easter Egg hunts; it's a fun treat that's so delicious you can expect rave reviews from everybody!

Traditional Easter Dessert Recipes for Your Easter Weekend

Basketful of Hot Cross Buns for a Traditional Easter CelebrationEaster Basket with Homemade Hot Cross Buns
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Have you decided what delicious Easter dessert to have on the dessert table after your Easter brunch or dinner?

Here you'll find cute Easter dessert ideas such as Easter cakes, one shaped like a giant chocolate egg and another adorned with white bunnies. They are simple cakes to make, yet they will look spectacular on any Easter table.

And imagine your family having fun while coloring Easter Eggs the old fashioned way with natural vegetable dyes and hand dipping chocolate eggs that taste so much better than store-bought.

Below are traditional Easter dessert recipes that will help you find the perfect dessert for your Easter brunch or dinner. Traditional Easter desserts and sweet treats to tempt your sweet tooth.

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The Modern Observance of Easter

Cut Tulips Are Perfect for EasterColorful Tulips are the Perfect Flower for Easter
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Easter is THE major Christian festival of the year. Most North American Christians observe Easter Day by attending a Sunday church service that's followed by the family's Easter Dinner consisting of roast lamb.

Later, everyone enjoys a dessert table filled with fancy Easter cakes, Easter cookies, and sweet Easter treats.

Early on Easter morning, the children enjoy an Easter egg hunt, as they search for candy Easter Eggs and chocolate Easter Bunnies which are hidden throughout the house by their parents.

Back when Grandma had been a girl, she tied onion skins around hen's eggs with string and boiled them to dye the eggs in natural colors. The colored eggs were eaten by the family for breakfast on Easter Sunday morning.

Pysanka - World's Biggest Easter Egg in Vegreville, Alberta, CanadaCanada's Pysanka Is the World's Biggest Easter Egg
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Did you know the world's largest Easter Egg is in the small town of Vegreville in Alberta, Canada?

Made of multicolored aluminum triangles, it's 7.8 meters long (25.7 feet), 5.6 meters wide (18.3 feet), and stands 9.6 meters high (31.6 feet), and it weighs over 2300 kilograms (5000 pounds).

It is called Pysanka, the Ukrainian term for Easter Egg. The sculpture's dedication plaque was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, while on her 1978 royal tour.

The photo of Pysanka was taken by my late mother-in-law, Helen Fleming, on one of her holiday trips across Canada.

The History of Easter and Its Meaning

Vintage Easter Lily IllustrationEnjoy a Blessed Easter

The word Easter likely comes from the early German word eostarun, which means sunrise. This is fitting as Easter celebrates the early morning Resurrection of Jesus on the first day of the week following his death by crucifixion on Good Friday. (Gospel of Mark 15-16).

To most of the world's non English speaking Christians, Easter is more accurately known as Pascha, an Aramaic word derived from the Hebrew word Pesach, which means Passover.

Jesus celebrated the Jewish Passover with His disciples shortly before he was arrested by the Roman soldiers and later executed on the cross.

Passover is a yearly remembrance of how God delivered the Jewish people from slavery in early Egypt (Exodus 12).

Christians view Easter as a type of Passover since Jesus delivered us from eternal death and freed us from being a slave to wrongdoing through His sacrificial death and Resurrection.

Easter is traditionally celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, which could be anytime between March 22 and April 25; whereas the Jewish Passover is observed in March or April, on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan.

Traditional Easter dessert recipes have been long associated with the Easter celebration. For instance, Tansie Recipes were prized by cooks in Medieval England, as "tansies" were a favorite Easter dish resembling a fruit-flavored, custard-like pancake.

Tansies were typically garnished with bitter-tasting leaves from the tansie herb symbolic of the "bitter herbs" of the Passover meal.

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