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 yeast bread coated with a glaze and cute colored sprinkles, similar to a traditional Italian Easter bread. The dough is studded with raisins and tinged with orange zest, making for a bread with a bit of tang and nice texture.

As long as you leave the time for the bread to rise twice, this recipe is a cinch; the dough and glaze are super easy to whip together, and decorating couldn't be simpler. Make it ahead of time and this delicious bread will be ready as soon as the Easter Bunny arrives.


  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) package of active dried yeast (or 2 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 cup scalded milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted 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. In a small bowl, soak the raisins in 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. In another small bowl, combine the yeast with the lukewarm water and let sit for a few minutes.

  4. In a large bowl, 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. Add the yeast mixture to the lukewarm milk mixture and stir to combine.

  6. Beat in the egg and the orange zest.

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

  8. Strain 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. Grease two 9 by 5-inch loaf pans.

  11. Split the dough in half. Roll each half into a rectangle and place each in a prepared loaf pan.

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

  13. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

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

  15. Meanwhile, whisk together the milk and powdered sugar.

  16. Let bread cool in pans for a few minutes and then turn out onto cooling racks. Once the bread has mostly cooled, pour the glaze over the top of the loaves. Then add the sprinkles over the top.

  17. Serve and enjoy!