Italian Easter Bread
1 1/2 cwater, warm
3 pkgyeast, dry
1 1/2 Tbspsugar
1/2 cbutter or margarine
4 cparmasan or ramano cheese
6 - 7 cflour
1/2 tspsafron, crushed, optional
·small milk and egg mixture for brushing loaves prior to baking
How to Make Italian Easter Bread
- Dissolve yeast in water (use a large bowl). Melt butter and milk together. When cooled add to yeast mixture.
- Add eggs, suger, saffron, 2 cups of cheese and 2 cups of flour. Mix with spoon or electric mixture until smooth (about 2minutes). Add the rest of cheese and flour and knead until smooth and elastic. Keep dough smooth and not too sticky.
- Let rise in warm place until double in size (about 1 and 1/2 hours). Press down with fingers and let rest for 10 minutes. Make two rounds on greased cookie sheets or divide equally in 2 loaf pans. Let rise again until double in size.
- Brush with little milk and egg mixture. Bake in 450 degree oven for 25 to 35 minutes. Loaves will sound hollow when tapped.