An Italian Easter tradition is this very festive and impressive Easter Bread with colored eggs on top!

It is definitely worth the effort and comes out perfectly every time.

I don’t color the entire hard-boiled eggs on top of the bread because I don’t like the coloring to get onto the bread.  Just rubbing the egg with food coloring after the bread has cooled works fine for me!    


Italian Easter Egg Bread
A very festive and impressive Easter bread with colored eggs on top! The bread is soft and delicious and worth the effort!
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Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time28 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 20
Calories: 219


  • 6 cups flour
  • ½ cups sugar
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) yeast active dry
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cups milk
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg for the egg wash on top of the dough
  • 3 eggs hard boiled, for decoration


  • Preheat the oven to 375°.
  • Grease or spray a baking sheet pan or cover it with parchment paper.
  • In a mixer on lowest speed, or by hand, combine the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan on top of the stove, heat the milk and butter to 120 – 130°. Use a candy thermometer to get an accurate temperature.
  • Add this to dry ingredients and mix on low speed just until moistened.
  • Add 3 eggs and mix until smooth.
  • Change to a dough hook attachment and beat on low speed until it forms a soft dough. Add extra flour if needed.
  • Let it continue to knead with the dough hook until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Alternatively you can knead the dough by hand.
  • Place the dough into a large greased bowl, turning it once over to grease the top of the dough.
  • Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let it rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide the dough into thirds.
  • Shape each dough portion into a 34-inch rope.
  • Place the ropes onto the prepared baking sheet and braid the three ropes. Bring the ends together to form a ring.
  • Pinch the ends to seal the dough.
  • Gently separate the braided ropes to tuck the three hard-boiled eggs into the openings.
  • Cover the bread with a tea towel and let it rise until doubled, about 20 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, make an egg wash by beating together a tablespoon of water and one egg. Use a pastry brush to brush the egg wash over the dough.
  • Bake at 375° for 28 – 32 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Place the pan on a wire rack to cool for30 minutes.
  • Using a paper towel and food coloring, squeeze a few drops of food coloring onto the paper towel and rub the tops of the hard-boiled eggs. Be careful not to touch the bread with the food coloring.
  • When food coloring is dry on the eggs, use a knife around edges of the pan to loosen the bread and carefully invert bread upside down on a wire rack, then quickly invert bread onto a serving plate.
  • Store the bread covered at room temperature.
Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 218IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg

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