Italian Easter Bread

lori degiglio

By
@lorid318

This is a very easy, slightly sweet bread that I make every Easter. Everyone looks forward to it...we eat it before dinner, with dinner...sometimes we even have a piece later on with coffee.


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Serves:

6

Prep:

1 Hr 15 Min

Cook:

35 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

3 c
flour, unsifted
1 tsp
salt
1/4 c
sugar
1 pkg
quick-rise active dry yeast
2/3 c
milk
2 Tbsp
butter, softened
2
eggs, room temperature
6
raw colored eggs
melted butter

GLAZE

1 c
10x sugar
2 Tbsp
butter softened
2 Tbsp
milk (add more a bit at a time, if needed)
1 tsp
vanilla

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In large bowl, combine 2-1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and undissolved yeast. Heat milk and 2 tablespoon butter in a saucepan and over low heat until liquids are warm (120 to 130 degrees). Add to dry ingredients. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Scraping bowl occasionally.
Add 2 eggs and 1/2 cup flour. Beat at high speed 2 minutes. Stir in enough additional flour to make dough soft. Turn onto floured board. Knead about 8 to 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl. Turn to grease top. Cover and let rise until doubled. About 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Onto floured board, divide in 1/2. Roll each piece of dough into a 24 inch rope. Twist ropes together loosely. Form into a ring on a greased baking sheet. Brush with melted butter. Place colored eggs into spaces in the twist. Cover and let rise until doubled. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.
2
Before bread is completely cooled, stir together glaze ingredients, and brush on with pastry brush. As you can see, I shake some coconut in a jar with just a couple drops of green food coloring to sprinkle around the "bird's nest" for decoration.
Enjoy!!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads