Italian Easter Bread Recipe

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Cooking Method: Bake


1 pkg yeast
1/4 c warm water
1/2 c butter
1/2 c sugar
6 egg yolks
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c warm milk
1 tsp lemon zest, grated
2 tsp vanilla
4 1/4 c flour
1 tsp melted butter
1 egg white, scrambled
6 colored eggs (raw) (3 for each loaf - this is a guess)

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Joanne Bellezza-Loughlin Recipe
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Member Since Feb 2011
Joanne's notes for this recipe:
This is my mom's recipe. She got it from her girlfriend, Bernie. Both great cooks. The directions weren't that great so I had to improvise a bit. I'm posting this for Val who requested it. Val, hope you make this and let us know how it turns out. Will definitely be making this for Easter this year!
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This bread is just pretty as a picture...a festive addition to Easter dinner!


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user Joanne Bellezza-Loughlin Joannebl - Feb 16, 2011
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user Val Paris gramsgirls - Feb 16, 2011
Thanks so much Joanne! This sounds great, and I think I will try it this weekend. The only thing I do remember is that it works better if, after braiding the bread, make the indentations with the egg and remove before baking. Replace cooked and colored eggs after the bread is baked. This prevents the coloring from coloring the dough. I don't know why I remember the little things like that, but the recipe?-forget it. I really appreciate your help.
user Joanne Bellezza-Loughlin Joannebl - Feb 16, 2011
My pleasure, Val. Hope it turns out ok. Be sure to let me know.
user Joanne Bellezza-Loughlin Joannebl - Feb 26, 2011
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user Kitchen Crew JustaPinch - Mar 9, 2011
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