Saturday, March 30, 2013

Italian Easter Bread Recipe

italian easter bread

So this is a tradition I started way back on Easter of 2012. I just feel like holidays seem more like holidays when there is something baking in the oven.  After some googling, I found several different recipes and variations of Italian Easter bread. I figured I would throw my own variation into the mix! Oh, I feel like I should disclose that I am not one bit Italian, but Irish Easter Bread just isn’t a thing.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup warm milk
  • 2 tbsp. butter, softened + 1 tbsp melted
  • 7 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp. anise seed
  • olive oil

Directions:

  • Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a large mixing bowl. Pour in milk and softened butter. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed with an electric mixer.
  • Stir in 2 eggs and 1/2 cup flour. Beat 2 minutes on high speed. Stir in nuts and anise seed; mix well.
  • Add in remaining flour, slowly until a soft dough forms. You don’t have to add all of it.
  • Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 6-8 minutes and place in a bowl coated in olive oil.  Turn the dough so it has a thin layer of olive oil all over.
  • Let the dough rise, covered with a damp cloth in a warm area for one hour.easter eggs
  • Meanwhile, dye some eggs. I used one of the the kits from the store, but next year I plan on dying them naturally. Enlist some help for this, if necessary! Also, don’t use hardboiled eggs!
  • Once the dough has risen, punch it down and cut it in half on a lightly floured surface.  Roll each piece out into a two foot rope and then twist them together, loosely, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Form the twisted dough into a circle, kind of like a wreath, then pinch the ends together.  easter bread
  • Gently split the ropes apart, coat the eggs in a thin layer of oil & tuck them into the bread.
  • Recover the bread and let rise for 30 minutes longer. 
  • Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan. Brush top of bread with melted butter.
  • Let it cool on a wire rack.

 

All Done! Enjoy!

italianeasterbread

 

Recipe was adapted from here.

14 comments:

  1. I'm Italian and this looks fabulous, thanks for the recipe and Happy Easter!!

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