Italian Easter Bread

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lori degiglio

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@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.

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This is a fun and festive Easter bread recipe that'll be a spotlight on any table. There are a few steps to this bread, but overall it's very easy to make. The crust is golden brown and the inside is soft and fluffy. The raw eggs cook while baking and become like a hard-boiled egg. The glaze is a nice touch and adds some sweetness to the Easter bread. The Test Kitchen


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Serves:
6
Prep:
1 Hr 15 Min
Cook:
35 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 3 c
    all-purpose 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
  • 2 Tbsp
    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. Dye the uncooked eggs and let sit for about an hour while working on the dough.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 2-1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt, and undissolved yeast.
  3. Heat milk and 2 tablespoon butter in a saucepan and over low heat until liquids are warm (120 to 130 degrees).
  4. Add to dry ingredients. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Scraping bowl occasionally.
  5. Add 2 eggs and 1/2 cup flour. Beat at high speed 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in enough additional flour to make dough soft.
  7. Turn onto a floured board. Knead about 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Place in greased bowl. Turn to grease top. Cover and let rise until doubled. About 1 hour.
  9. Punch dough down.
  10. Place dough on a floured board; divide in 1/2.
  11. Roll each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope.
  12. Twist ropes together loosely.
  13. Form into a ring on a greased baking sheet.
  14. Place colored eggs into spaces in the twist.
  15. Brush with melted butter. Cover and let rise until doubled. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.
  16. Before bread is completely cooled, stir together glaze ingredients.
  17. Bush on with a pastry brush.
  18. Optional: 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
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Italian
Collection: Easter




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