Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Italian Easter Bread


Sweet Italian Easter Bread is a traditional Italian Easter accompaniment.  It's a delicious, tender, easy to follow recipe. And an oh so sweet bread that will make your Easter table even more festive!  Spectacular step-by-step photos!

Every family has their own special traditions and their own special recipes.  This is my version of the traditional Italian Easter Bread, we prefer a sweet Easter bread.  You can also make this savory.  You can add fruits, vegetables, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes.  There are so many options.

It is like a little Easter present for each guest. And lets be honest. Sprinkles make me happy! There, I said it. I think my daughter, "the sprinkle princess" has rubbed off on me, because they are now my favorite too. It is really hard to eat rainbow sprinkles and be cranky.

One of our readers wrote in and shared that her family makes this every Easter, but shapes it like an eternity symbol and uses two eggs for families to prosper. I am absolutely doing that this year.

About the egg:  If you are serving right away the egg is fantastic to eat, otherwise you need to remove the egg from the bread and refrigerate.  When you are ready to serve, place the egg back on the bread.

Have a blessed Easter!!

With love from our kitchen table to yours!  XO

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Italian Easter Bread
SERVES 6

½ cup unsalted butter + 1 tablespoon, divided
1 ¼ cup milk
2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
½ cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, divided
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3-4 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup simple syrup*see Cook's note
Nonpareil sprinkles
6 large eggs, uncooked and colored

Combine milk and 1/2 cup of butter in saucepan over low and cook until butter melts.  Pour butter mixture into bowl of stand mixer.


Allow mixture to cool to 110°-120° degrees.  Add yeast and sugar.  Stir to combine.  Allow mixture to stand for 10 minutes so yeast can bloom.


Meanwhile: Beat 2 eggs and set aside. In a separate bowl beat the remaining egg and add 1 tablespoon water and whisk to combine.  Set aside.

Add 2 beaten eggs, vanilla extract and 2 cups of flour.  Combine with the dough hook attachment.  Add flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough is not sticky anymore. I use the full 4 cups.  Knead bread dough until smooth with the dough hook, about 5 minutes.


Turn out onto floured surface and knead until you have a smooth ball.  Place 1 tablespoon butter in large glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.    Place dough in greased bowl and flip to coat both sides. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel and let rise until doubled (about 90 minutes).


Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Punch dough down, divide into 12 pieces.  

 
Roll each piece to form a 1 inch thick rope about 12-14 inches long. Taking two pieces, braid together, pinching the ends, and loop into a circle. 


Place circle on a parchment lined baking sheet and lightly cover and let rise until doubled in size (about 60 minutes).

 
Preheat oven to 350°. Brush each bread ring with egg wash and set dyed Easter egg in the center of the ring, gently pushing down to make an indentation in the bread.  Bake until golden brown, approximately 20-25 minutes. 

Remove from pan and place on cooling rack.  Brush each Easter bread with simple syrup and sprinkle with Nonpareil sprinkles.  Serve and enjoy!

Cook's Note:  Simple Syrup can be made by combining 1 part sugar and 1 part water in a saucepan over medium heat.  Cook until it comes to a boil and sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.   Store in refrigerator until ready to use (keeps for several days).


Originally posted April 4, 2012

28 comments:

  1. LOVE it! so colorful. i adore sweet breads. Happy Easter! :)

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  2. This looks adorable. I'm sure the kids would love it. Question for you though. You are baking an egg that is already hardboiled? How does the egg taste after that? Is it just for appearance at that point? Or would you still eat the egg?

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    1. The egg is uncooked, but dyed when you place it in the oven. It cooks in the oven. It will come out hard cooked, or soft cooked depending on how long you bake your bread. If you are serving right away the egg is fantastic to eat, otherwise you need to remove the egg from the bread and refrigerate. When you are ready to serve, place the egg back on the bread.

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    2. Ok, that makes sense. It didn't occur to me that you were dying uncooked eggs. That is very cool. Thanks for the reply. I knew I'd forget to ask you later. :) Hope your day is a great one!

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  3. SO cute and clever, I love this!! Happy Easter. :)

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  4. never thought to make easter bread for easter? Duh! Its a genius idea and the bread looks so utterly delicious

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  5. Wow, this is so cute and adorable! A perfect bread for Easter! Love it!

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  6. This is so amazing, love the post! I can't help but fall for all these versions of Easter breads, but the pastel center piece eggs are just so adorable. So when are you mailing me a loaf? :)

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  7. What beautiful Easter breads! I like that you can make different variations on the dough as well. I've pinned this on my Easter board. Happy Easter!

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  8. I love this:)) So pretty and festive!! Just pinned!

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  9. This looks easy and good! What is simple syrup?

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    1. Simple syrup can be made by adding 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water to a saucepan and cook until it comes to a boil and sugar is melted. Cool to room temp. Enjoy!

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  10. what do you mean by 'simple syrup'?

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    1. Simple syrup can be made by adding 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water to a saucepan and cook until it comes to a boil and sugar is melted. Cool to room temp. Enjoy!

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  11. What do you suggest if you don't have a stand mixer, thanks.

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  12. My mother in law always used to make these and send them to us, some she made in a different shape. Happy Easter!

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  13. Lovely Easter bread Donna. If you felt like adding it to the Food on Friday: easter foods collection that would be fab! Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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  14. Can you use the bread machine to make the dough and finish it ?

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  15. Dumb question.... Is the simple syrup mixed with the egg for the egg wash?? I have read this recipe 10 times and not sure if I am missing something. Just can't see where to ass simple syrup.

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    1. Not dumb at all do NOT mix as simple syrup with egg wash. Do it this way when your ready to bake the bread brush with egg wash, when it's done and you pull it out to cool brush with the simple syrup and sprinkles

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  16. Where do I add the simple syrup?? Is it with the egg wash?? I have read recipe a bunch of times and not sure if I am missing something. Sorry rookie Easter bread maker LOL

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  17. am making these as we speak!!! recipe is clear and easy, just my style. will serve them at my son's house with dinner tomorrow, Easter Sunday.. Happy Easter!!

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  18. and I did mine by hand (no dough mixer!!)

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    1. That is awesome Ang! Have a happy Easter and enjoy.

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  19. as an italian its better to use...icing sugar,squeeze of lemon and little water..mixing it.needs to be stiff...and drizzled..my mom makes these every easter....itailian background....this is a must at easter..we also make into the infinity shape with two eggs...for families to prosper....

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