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Name of Event

Easter Sunday

Cuisine From

Italy

Description

Traditional decorative sweet Easter bread with colored eggs

Summary

Yield 1 loaf (16 slices)
Preparation time 20 minutes + 65 minutes resting time for dough
Cooking time 25-30 minutes
Main Ingredient Eggs/bread

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose/plain flour
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 to 6 eggs, unpeeled*
  • Assorted food coloring (follow instructions on packet)
  • Canola/vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water

*The eggs need to be raw, don't hard boil them. Also, dye your eggs to make the bread more colorful. If you have a few kids lying around, they come in really handy for this.

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix sugar, yeast, cardamom, salt and 2 cups flour. In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Add 3 eggs; beat on high 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  2. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, dye  the eggs with food coloring following package directions. Let stand until completely dry.
  4. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into thirds. Roll each portion into a 24-in. rope. Place ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid. Bring ends together to form a ring. Pinch ends to seal. Lightly coat dyed eggs with oil; arrange on braid, tucking them carefully between ropes.
  5. Cover with a kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°.
  6. In a bowl, whisk remaining egg and water; gently brush over dough, avoiding eggs. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Refrigerate leftovers. 

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