Lithuanian Easter Raisin Bread #breadbakers

Traditionally the practice of eating Easter Bread or Communion Bread goes back to the Byzantine Empire. This Lithuanian Easter bread is great for Easter or any day.


Welcome to this months BreadBakers. We are celebrating the The International Easter/Passover/Springtime Bread Basket. It is hosted by Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camella.

Just in case you were wondering, #BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here.
Links are also updated after each event on the BreadBakers home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. It is worth repeating, this month Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla has chosen breads from around the world that are traditional for Easter, Passover or Springtime.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send an email with your blog URL to Stacy at


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Lithuanian Easter Bread


2 cups warm milk
2 packaged of dry yeast
3/4 cup of sugar divided in half
6 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter melted


In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the milk, yeast and half the sugar. Add half the flour and mix well. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm place until bubbly (about an hour) Switch to a dough hook. Add the rest of the sugar, flour, eggs, salt raisins, cinnamon, and butter kneed until combined. Allow to rise until doubled in size.
Punch dough down and divide into two equal pieces. Shape into loaves and put into bread pans. Allow to rise another 1 1/2 hours. Bake at 350 for one hour.

Here’s our International Easter/Passover/Spring Bread Basket, in alphabetical order…

Armenian Choereg by Chef Mireille’s East West Realm

Bacci’s Bread by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Bobka – Polish Easter Bread by Seduction in the Kitchen

Casatiello by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Colomba Pasquale (Easter Dove Bread) by Cook’s Hideout

Cornish Saffron Bread by Pastry Chef Online

Folar (Portuguese Easter Bread) by Passion Kneaded

Hot Cross Buns by En la Cocina de Caro

Hornazo – Spanish Easter Bread by Ruchik Randhap

Hungarian Egg Twist by Hostess at Heart

Hungarian White Bread by Magnolia Days

Individual Italian Easter Breads by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Italian Easter Bread by La Cocina de Aisha

Kulich by That’s My Home

Lambropsomo – Greek Easter Bread by Spice Roots

Lithuanian Easter Bread by My Catholic Kitchen

Matzo by A Shaggy Dough Story

Mennonite Paska by Food Lust People Love

Pääsiäisleipä – Finnish Easter Bread by Bakers and Best

Pane di Pasqua – Italian Easter Bread by Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Spring Sweet Bread by cooking club

Strawberry Fritters by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

Tsoureki (Greek Easter Bread) by Simply Veggies

Peace be with you,


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15 Responses to “Lithuanian Easter Raisin Bread #breadbakers”

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    Renee — April 14, 2015 at 5:51 am

    Definitely a bread good for any day. I like how it is packed with raisins and is buttery too.


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    Julie is HostessAtHeart — April 14, 2015 at 8:40 am

    What a beautiful loaf! This one would toast up beautifully for a nice snack or breakfast.


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    Adam — April 14, 2015 at 11:15 am

    It’s been very interesting to see all the different variations each country has on a similar type of bread. This one looks so deliciously soft and buttery!


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    Jenni — April 14, 2015 at 11:44 am

    The photo is not showing up for me. Boo. 🙁 Your bread sounds delicious–I love a rich dough. Your recipe looks like it calls for 4 cups of sugar–I’m sure that it’s just a typo. Thought I’d let you know.


    • vgantley — April 14th, 2015 @ 2:38 pm

      Yes Jenni, that is a typo it is fixed now.


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    Stacy — April 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Simon is a huge fan of toasted raisin bread for breakfast. I need to bake this for him! Lovely!


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    Ansh — April 14, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    packed with raisins and butter. wonderful bread for easter. I don’t know if my 1 cup of raisins will ever make it past me into the bread though :))


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    Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm — April 14, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Raisin/Cinnamon Bread….YUM


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    Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories — April 14, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Very pretty! I love the different breads this month celebrating all of the different traditions!


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    Cindys Recipes and Writings — April 14, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I love raisin breads. Veronica yours looks so good!


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    Mireille — April 14, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    bread looks so soft – must taste awesome


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    Aisha — April 15, 2015 at 1:31 am

    It looks delicious and soft


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    Robin @ A Shaggy Dough Story — April 15, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Mmm, cinnamon raisin bread? Yes, please! Very nice Veronica!


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    Pavani — April 16, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Wow, yummy looking cinnamon raisin bread. It looks so rich and delicious.


  14. #
    vimala lakshmi — May 1, 2015 at 10:39 am

    nice crust over your bread………looks yum…….


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