italian easter bread

★★★★★ 13
By Joanne Bellezza-Loughlin
from Bridgewater, NJ

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!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 13
prep time 2 Hr 30 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For italian easter bread

  • 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)

How To Make italian easter bread

  • 1
    Sprinkle yeast in warm water to dissolve.
  • 2
    Cream butter and beat in sugar, egg yolks and salt. Then stir in warm milk, lemon zest, vanilla and yeast mixture.
  • 3
    Add 2 cups of the flour and beat for 5 minutes.
  • 4
    Gradually beat in remaining flour, then place dough on floured board and knead.
  • 5
    Place dough in greased bowl and top with a little melted butter. Let rise 1 1/2 to 2 hours, then knead again.
  • 6
    Cut dough into 6 pieces and roll each piece into a rope.
  • 7
    Form 3 ropes into a braid (you will get two loaves).
  • 8
    Nestle colored raw eggs throughout each braid.
  • 9
    Brush top of loaves with egg whites.
  • 10
    Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
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