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These cute and little vegan braided Easter bread are the perfect sweet bread for your Easter brunch with family and friends.

easter bread with three ropes and a easter chocolate egg in the middle

Vegan Easter Bread Recipe

Easter bread is a braided bread made out of a sweet yeast dough which is airy light and can be perfectly served for your Easter brunch. Unlike a usual braided bread, this one is shaped into a circle and therefore can be filled with vegan Easter eggs or chocolate eggs.

The vegetarian variation of this recipe is often made with raw eggs, which are placed on the bread before baking. If you like vegan baked goods for Easter, you should check out this recipe for vegan bunny bread rolls. Your kids are going to love them.

There are two ways to shape braided Easter bread. Using three ropes (1. picture) and braid them into a lovely braid, or using two ropes (2. picture) and twist them into a braid. The first one is a little more advanced but more beautiful, and the second option can be easily made with kids.

You will find the guide for 3 ropes in the recipe card and video. The second option is explained with step-by-step images in the blog post.

Easter Bread with 3 Ropes:

easter bread with three ropes and a easter chocolate egg in the middle

Easter Bread with 2 Ropes:

easter bread with two ropes and a easter chocolate egg in the middle

How To Make Easter Bread

  • You need to prepare a sweet yeast dough with plant-based milk and margarine, and let it rise for 1.5 hours at room temperature.
  • Overnight Rising: Another option is to prepare the dough in the evening and let it rise overnight in the fridge. The next morning, you only have to shape and bake the bread, which is convenient if you have a lot of other things to prepare for your Easter brunch.
  • Prepare in advance and freeze: Yeast dough is always best when fresh. But to keep your efforts as little as possible during the Easter morning, prepare and bake the bread in advance. Let them cool down for 15 minutes after baking, transfer in a zip bag, and freeze. Defrost them directly in the oven (356°F/180°C).

How To Shape Braided Easter Bread

With Three Ropes:

  • Divide the dough into 6 equal parts.
how to make easter bread step 1
  • Divide each part into another 3 equal pieces.
how to make easter bread step 2
  • Roll them into long ropes (10″/25cm).
how to make easter bread step 3
  • Braid 3 ropes into a braided bread.
how to make easter bread step 4
how to make easter bread step 5
  • Loop the braided bread into a circle and gently pinch the ends together.
how to make easter bread step 6

With Two Ropes:

  • Divide the dough into 6 (larger bread) or 8 (smaller bread) equal parts.
  • Divide each part into another 2 equal pieces.
  • Roll them into long ropes (10″/25cm).
how to make easter bread with two ropes step 1
  • Twist every two ropes into a braid.
how to make easter bread with two ropes step 2
  • Loop the braided bread into a circle and gently pinch the ends together.
how to make easter bread with two ropes step 3

Bread Wash:

  • Place on a with parchment paper lined baking tray and brush with the bread wash (soy milk & agave nectar).
how to make easter bread step 7

More Vegan Easter Recipes

three vegan easter bread filled with chocolate eggs on a white background

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📖 Recipe

easter bread with three ropes and a easter chocolate egg in the middle

Vegan Braided Easter Bread

These cute and little vegan braided Easter bread are the perfect sweet bread for your Easter brunch with family and friends.
Author : Aline Cueni
4.80 from 10 votes

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Prep Time :40 minutes
Cook Time :25 minutes
Dough Resting Time :2 hours
Total Time :1 hour 5 minutes
Servings : 6
Calories : 417kcal

Ingredients
  

Dough

  • 4 cup (500g) all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 tbsp (20g) fresh yeast or 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 ¼ cup (300ml) lukewarm soy milk unsweetened, or oat milk
  • 2 tbsp (30g) sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup (60g) plant-based margarine or plant-based butter

Bread Wash

Instructions
 

  • Mix the yeast with the lukewarm soy milk and sugar in a little bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes until foaming. Knead it with the flour and salt at low speed for 5 minutes in your kitchen machine.
  • Add the margarine and knead for another 5-10 minutes at medium speed, until you have a smooth dough which doesn’t stick to the bowl. Cover with a damp tea towel and let it rise for 1.5 hours at room temperature (or overnight in the fridge → see notes).
  • Divide the dough into 6 equal parts. Divide each one into 3 equal pieces and roll them into long ropes (~10″/25cm). Braid the 3 long ropes into a braided bread, loop into a circle, and pinch the ends securely together. → Step-by-step guide with pictures | → Video
  • Transfer them on a with parchment paper lined baking tray, brush it with the bread wash, and let them rise for another 30 minutes at room temperature. Start preheating your oven to 395°F/200°C.
  • Brush them a second time with the bread wash and bake for 25 minutes until golden brown. Let them cool down on a cooling rack. 

Notes

  • The recipe makes 6 braided Easter bread.
  • Decorate them, once cooled down, with vegan Easter chocolate eggs.
  • Prepare the dough (Step 1&2 ) in the evening and let it rise overnight in the fridge (instead of 1.5 h at room temperature). The next morning, start with step 3.

Nutrition

Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 859mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 4.2mg

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16 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I have a granddaughter who has a dairy/egg allergy. I made this exactly per the recipe, weighing the flour (I found this is essential for bread/rolls) and I used Calfia Oat Milk and Earth Balance Vegan Butter. I used this recipe but put in the bread machine in the order per manual. I made it the day ahead and put dough in the refrigerator overnight, then the next day divided the dough into 6 equal portion weighing on the scale then cut into the pieces for 6 wreaths. The next day before rising on the counter, I scrunched up parchment paper in a ball to make the placeholder for the dyed egg in the center (added before serving). On Easter morning I made the recipe again in the bread machine and made a big braided loaf for the adults. The family absolutely loved this recipe better than my other bread machine rolls I make for family dinners. For the loaf I had very little left with 10 adults. The kids devoured their little wreaths. Absolutely amazing recipe!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! I grew up making the classic version of this bread every Easter. My kids have egg and dairy allergies, so I was thrilled to find your recipe. It was delicious. We will be making this every Easter from now on!

    1. I am so glad to hear that you and your family loved the recipe! Thank you so much for your kind comment, Christine! 🐰💕

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve been trying for years (even before I became vegan) to replicate my grandmother’s Easter bread. I always failed. Until now. I can’t give this recipe enough stars. It’s amazing! This is the bread I remember. The taste and texture are perfect and it’s wonderful toasted. I made one big loaf and it worked out fine. I’ll be making this over and over again. Thank you!

    1. Hi Pat, thank you so much for your kind words! I am so happy to hear that you could replicate your granny’s Easter Bread – what a beautiful feeling! 🥳🐰💕

    1. As I have never made buns with the dough, I can’t give you an exact number, sorry! But I would guess somewhere around 15?! 🐰

    1. Hi Sarah, as written in the recipe, you can sub soy milk with oat milk. However, I wouldn’t use coconut milk! Have fun baking! 🥳💕

  4. Hi! I’m wondering if I can knead the dough by hand or can I use a hand mixer?
    Also can I use rapid rise instant yeast or do you recommend the active dry?

    1. You can absolutely knead the dough by hand or with a hand mixer, it will just take a little longer until you have a smooth dough. Also, feel free to use rapid-rise instant yeast. Have fun baking the Easter bread! 🥳💕

    1. Hi Vicky, I do not have experience with wheat-free flour and therefore, can’t give you any recommendations.

  5. 5 stars
    I made this for our easter lunch! It was perfect! We added sesame seeds on top for an extra special touch. Thank you 🙂