Spring has sprung (well, technically), which means the Easter long weekend is almost here. There are tons of tasty baked goods you could bake up for the holiday: everything from soft hot-cross buns and glazed monkey bread for late Sunday brunch, to an elegant cinnamon-twist wreath that’s perfect for a crowd. Here are 10 ways you can fire up the oven next weekend.

Hot-cross buns
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Hot-cross buns

These buns are packed with fruit and sweet spices and marked with a cross. Fun fact: They were banned from sale in Elizabethan England every day except for Good Friday, Christmas or for burials. Get this hot-cross buns recipe.

braided buns with mini eggs
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Braided bread with Mini Eggs

Italian and Greek cuisines both feature a braided Easter bread dotted with colour-tinted hen’s eggs. Although we love the classic recipe, we like tucking in candied eggs just after baking for a hint of chocolate. Get this braided bread with mini eggs recipe.

raspberry and streusel coffee cake(Photo: Erik Putz/Chatelaine)

Raspberry and streusel coffee cake

This not-too-sweet cake is perfect for a post-Easter-brunch indulgence. Get this raspberry and streusel coffee cake recipe.


cinnamon twist wreath
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Cinnamon twist wreath

Luxurious ingredients like butter and eggs are often given up during Lent, so they play a major role in traditional Easter breads. This sweet dough also comes with brown sugar and cinnamon to really sweeten things up. Get this cinnamon twist wreath recipe.

cinnamon scroll loaf
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Cinnamon scroll loaf

Using our cinnamon wreath recipe (with a few tweaks) we created a beautifully rolled bread loaf with a double swirl in the middle. Serve warm with butter. Get this cinnamon scroll loaf recipe.

classic cinnamon buns
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Classic cinnamon buns

Easter celebrations and sweet indulgent breads go together like coloured eggs and a basket. Of course, we never need a reason to bake up a pan of buttery-rich cinnamon rolls. Get this classic cinnamon buns recipe.

baby babka buns
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Baby babka buns

These sweet buns, topped with crunchy streusel and swirled with butter and dark chocolate, are breakfast and dessert all rolled into one. Get this baby babka buns recipe.

chatelaine lemon loaf
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Lemon loaf 

A delicatly zesty, glazed loaf that no one can resist. Get our lemon loaf recipe.

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