Italian Easter Bread

2 Hr
25 Min

This was my first attempt at making bread. It turned out very good.


1 pkg
rapid rise yeast
1 1/4 c
scaled milk, cooled to room temperature
1/3 c
eggs, beaten
1/2 c
3 1/2 c
flour (approximately)
egg (beaten with 1 teaspoon water)
dyed easter eggs
candy sprinkles

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large mixer bowl, combine yeast, warm (not hot) milk, salt, butter, eggs and sugar. Add about half the flour and beat until smooth with dough hook. Slowly add the remaining flour to form a stiff dough. Don't worry about how much flour it ends up being, just keep adding until the dough is not sticky anymore. Knead until smooth with either dough hook attachment or turn out on floured board and knead. Place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour.

Punch dough down, divide into 12 pieces. Roll each piece to form a 1 inch thick rope about 14 inches long and, taking two pieces, twist to form a "braid", pinching the ends, and loop into a circle.

Place on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until double, about an hour again. Brush each bread with beaten egg wash. Put on the sprinkles. In the middle of each bread ring, gently place an Easter egg (already hard boiled and colored), making an indentation with the egg.

Bake at 350 degrees until golden - about 20 - 25 minutes. Cool on rack

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Greek
Collection: Easter Treats

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geri stevens gracefullikeagazelle
Mar 27, 2015
Michelle is very specific in her instructions about using hardboiled and coloured eggs in the pre-baking assembly process. Critics should read the recipe and all of other readers comments from beginning to end before submitting their own comments. There would be less frustration and misunderstanding on this site if that were to happen IMHO.
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Apr 1, 2014
Mary recipe works well with a raw egg or a cooked egg in the center of the cooks to prefection in the oven.Color raw egg and bake with the bread.
Rita T yummypuppypie
Mar 30, 2013
Chill out Mary, mistakes happen, this site is free, if you want precise go buy a cook book. Mistakes happen, use common sense or try it raw and cooked and see how it turns out, thats what cooking is all about, fun and experimenting.
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Mary Marcellino Scooby
Apr 12, 2012
Thank you. Our town newspaper publishes recipes on Wednesdays. When you send in a recipe, they call and make sure the recipe is COMPLETE. That is what needs to be done on this site. It is a great place to look for recipes, but who wants to put the time and money into making a recipe if it will not turn out right or you don't know what the recipe is calling for.