Easter Bread

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Anne French

By
@frenchfries118

This is actually a tweaked recipe for Irish Soda Bread with a dough cross added to the top. It is slightly sweet and buttery and every bit as tasty as it is beautiful. I always have people ask me for the recipe, and I've never had any leftovers.

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Serves:
a crowd
Prep:
45 Min
Cook:
40 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

4 c
all purpose flour
3/4 c
granulated sugar
1 tsp
salt
2 tsp
baking soda
1/2 c
butter at room temperature
1 1/2 c
buttermilk at room temperature
2
eggs at room temperature
1 c
craisins (optional)
zest
from 1 orange (optional)

How to Make Easter Bread

Step-by-Step

  • 1Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Stir together dry ingredients and zest. Add butter and cut in.
  • 2In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and buttermilk. Reserve about 3-4 TBS of buttermilk/egg mixture and set aside. Add the rest to the flour mixture. Mix well.
  • 3Pull out a chunk of dough, about 3/4 cup and set aside.

    Add craisins to your bread dough (not the one you set aside) and form into a round shape and place on the cookie sheet. It will be sticky and will spread a little.
  • 4With reserved dough, knead in more flour until a dough stiff enough to work with forms. Break into 2 pieces, one slightly larger than the other. Break each piece into 3 separate pieces and make 2 braids. Form into the shape of a cross. Tip: for a nice finish at the ends of your braids, simply tuck them underneath.
  • 5Brush remaining buttermilk/egg mixture on your round bread. Add the cross and brush with buttermilk/egg mixture. This will give it a nice glossy finish. Place on center rack of a oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Note: I live at 6400 feet, so my cook time is probably longer than yours if you're closer to sea level. Tastes wonderful slightly warm. Enjoy!

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About Easter Bread

Course/Dish: Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: American