“A very festive and impressive Easter Bread! 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. Enjoy!”
Servings: 20 Oven Time: 28-32 minutes
6 c. flour
½ c. sugar
2 packages (1/4 oz. each) active dry yeast
1 tsp. salt
1 ½ c. milk
6 tablespoons butter
3 hard-boiled eggs, for decoration
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Grease or spray baking sheet pan.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.
- In a saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120 – 130°.
- Add to dry ingredients, beat just until moistened.
- Add just 3 of the eggs, beat until smooth.
- Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
- Turn onto a floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 – 8 minutes.
- Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
- Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface, divide dough into thirds.
- Shape each portion into a 34 inch rope.
- Place ropes onto the prepared baking sheet and braid, bring ends together to form a ring.
- Pinch ends to seal.
- Gently separate braided ropes and tuck the three hard-boiled eggs into openings.
- Cover and let rise until doubled, about 20 minutes.
- In a small bowl make an egg wash by beating together water and remaining one egg; brush egg wash over dough.
- Bake at 375° for 28 – 32 minutes or until golden brown.
- Place pan on a wire rack to cool for thirty 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 if you wish, being 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 bread covered on the counter.
Italian Easter Egg Bread
Serving Size: 1/20 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 20
Amount Per Serving: 1
Calories from Fat: 40
* % Daily Value *
* Total Fat 5g 8%
* Saturated Fat 1g 7%
* Cholesterol 40mg 13%
* Sodium 164mg 7%
* Potassium – – %
* Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
* Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
* Protein 2g 4%
* Sugars 7g
* Vitamin A 5%
* Vitamin C 1%
* Calcium 4%
* Iron 9%
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* * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.