Sweet Easter Bread With Sprinkles

A close up of a loaf of Easter Bread
Leah Maroney
  • Total: 90 mins
  • Prep: 60 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 2 loaves (16 servings)

Surprise your family Easter morning with a freshly baked loaf of this soft and sweet bread. The cute sprinkles on top of the bread and the sweet glaze add a delicious bite to the soft and slightly savory flavors from this recipe. The glaze is super easy to whip together, and besides the time it takes for the bread to rise, this recipe is a cinch. 

Feel free to make it ahead of time and have it with coffee and tea, or just toast it and slather with butter. 


  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) package of active dried yeast (or 2 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup water (lukewarm)
  • 1 cup milk (scalded)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup round sprinkles

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Soak the raisins in some warm water for about 20 minutes, or as long as it takes to make the dough. This ensures that they will be moist and delicious in the bread.

  3. Combine the yeast with the lukewarm water and let sit for a few minutes.

  4. Combine the hot, scalded (not boiled) milk with the butter, sugar, and salt. Allow the butter to melt and the sugar and salt to dissolve in the hot milk. Cool the milk and butter mixture until it is lukewarm.

  5. Combine the lukewarm milk mixture with the water and yeast mixture.

  6. Beat in the egg and the orange zest.

  7. Place the mixture in the bowl of a stand mixer and slowly add in the flour until it is completely incorporated and a soft dough has formed.

  8. Strain the water off of the raisins and add them to the dough. Mix again until the raisins are fully incorporated into the dough.  

  9. Cover the dough and allow to rise for 30 minutes, until the dough has about doubled. 

  10. Split the dough in half. Roll the half into a rectangle and roll long ways. Place in a loaf pan.

  11. Repeat with the other half of the dough.

  12. Cover the loaves with a towel and let rise for about 20 minutes. 

  13. Bake the loaves for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

  14. Whisk together the milk and powdered sugar.

  15. Once the bread has mostly cooled, pour the glaze over the top of the loaf of bread. Then sprinkle the sprinkles over the top.

  16. Serve and enjoy!