17 Delicious Easter Desserts From Around The World

Move over, Peeps and Cadbury eggs – these traditional Easter desserts from around the world are just as delectable.

Move over, Peeps and Cadbury eggs – these sweets are just as delectable as whatever's in your Easter basket.

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Makowiec

is just one of the many names for these popular European rolls filled with a dense paste of poppy seeds. It's known as makosh in Hungary, mohnkuchen in Austria, and wienerbrød in Denmark, to name just a few. Traditionally, it's prepared for both Christmas and Easter.

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Pastiera Napoletana

This hails from the Naples region of Italy. It is prepared for Easter with a filling of wheat berries, fluffy ricotta, and candied fruit, then layered with a lattice crust.

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Maamouls

are delicate Lebanese shortbread cookies layered with a paste made of dates and rose water. These treats are popular across religious lines; they are served during Easter celebrations in the Levant, and are similarly used by Muslim communities to usher in Eid.

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Polish Babka

differs from the layered chocolate and jam babkas popular in traditional Jewish cuisine. The Polish babka, served at Easter time, is a fluted round cake, often studded with raisins, flavored with rum, and topped with sweet glaze.

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Cassata

This traditional is made of sponge cake, soaked in liquor, and layered with ricotta cheese. It is often loaded with candied fruits, and decorated with marzipan and more candied fruit.

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Pulla

Pulla, and the similar , are Finnish breads flavored with cardamom, often topped with slivered almonds and powdered sugar, and served with coffee.

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<p>Traditionally served in the U.K., Ireland, and Australia on <a href="http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-great-myths-about-hot-cross-buns-traditional-pre-easter-pastry-180951130/">Good Friday</a>, hot cross buns are as synonymous with Easter as the Easter Bunny himself.</p>
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Hot Cross Buns

Traditionally served in the U.K., Ireland, and Australia on , hot cross buns are as synonymous with Easter as the Easter Bunny himself.

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<p>In Italy, Easter wouldn't be complete without the Colomba di Pasqua. The sweet bread is <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/easter-dove-colomba-di-pasqua-453395">shaped like a dove</a> and is baked with pearl sugar and almonds on top. </p>
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Colomba Di Pasqua

In Italy, Easter wouldn't be complete without the Colomba di Pasqua. The sweet bread is and is baked with pearl sugar and almonds on top.

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<p>In Orthodox Christian countries such as Bulgaria, Georgia, and Russia, priests bless this sweet bread after Easter <a href="http://www.themoscowtimes.com/arts_n_ideas/article/kulich--russias-classic-easter-cake/518827.html">church services</a>. </p>
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Kulich

In Orthodox Christian countries such as Bulgaria, Georgia, and Russia, priests bless this sweet bread after Easter .

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<p>It may not look sweet, but this traditional Mexican dessert tastes like bread pudding. It's typically filled with raisins and cheese and eaten during <a href="http://www.chron.com/life/houston-belief/article/Capirotada-the-sweet-smell-of-home-1776535.php">Lent</a>.</p>
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Capirotada

It may not look sweet, but this traditional Mexican dessert tastes like bread pudding. It's typically filled with raisins and cheese and eaten during .

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<p>The next time you're at the bakery, bring home these butter cookies, which are served on Easter Sunday in <a href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/food-dining/2015/04/07/recipe-for-koulourakia/J5M04Ymkm27yFAFF0xvxyO/story.html">Greece</a>.  Pro tip: You're going to want to dunk these into coffee or milk. </p>
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Koulourakia

The next time you're at the bakery, bring home these butter cookies, which are served on Easter Sunday in . Pro tip: You're going to want to dunk these into coffee or milk.

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<p>No, your eyes haven't beseeched you – during <a href="http://spanishfood.about.com/od/dessertssweets/ss/torrijas.htm">Lent</a>, Spaniards eat this French toast-like recipe for dessert. </p>
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Torrijas

No, your eyes haven't deceived you – during , Spaniards eat this French toast-like recipe for dessert.

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<p>This egg bread is filled with rose oil, orange, and lemon zest and served with espresso for breakfast in Croatia and northern <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/easter-bread-106188">Italy</a>. Bonus: Your kitchen will smell as good as this sweet tastes.<span></span></p>
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Sicilian Easter Bread

This egg bread is filled with rose oil, orange, and lemon zest and served with espresso for breakfast in Croatia and northern . Bonus: Your kitchen will smell as good as this sweet tastes.

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<p>This velvety Finnish pudding only <em>looks</em> unappetizing — it's downright delicious. Seasoned with dark molasses, salt, and orange zest, the mixture must sit for several days before being served with cream and sugar. </p>
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Mämmi

This velvety only looks unappetizing — it's downright delicious. Seasoned with dark molasses, salt, and orange zest, the mixture must sit for several days before being served with cream and sugar.

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<p>In Greece, braided, brioche-like bread is prepared with <a href="https://souvlakiforthesoul.com/2008/04/greek-easter-bread-tsoureki">red Easter eggs</a> to represent the blood of Christ. It's guaranteed to be a hit at your Easter brunch. </p>
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Tsoureki

In Greece, braided, brioche-like bread is prepared with to represent the blood of Christ. It's guaranteed to be a hit at your Easter brunch.

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<p>If you like fruitcake, you'll love Simnel cake. The English treat is coated with a layer of 11 Marzipan balls that represent <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/mar/26/how-to-cook-the-perfect-sinmel-cake">the Apostles</a> – minus one for Judas, of course. </p><p><span></span></p>
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Simnel Cake

If you like fruitcake, you'll love Simnel cake. The English treat is coated with a layer of 11 Marzipan balls that represent – minus one for Judas, of course.

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