Italian Easter Bread

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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.

Rating:

★★★★★ 7 votes

Comments:
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

How to Make Italian Easter Bread

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!!

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About Italian Easter Bread

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads




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