A special holiday meal deserves special holiday bread. This Easter egg bread is a delicious festive bread recipe that will add a special surprise to the dinner or brunch table with the Easter eggs baked right into the bread.
Easter egg bread recipe
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
- 4 eggs
- 3 hard boiled eggs
- vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, cardamom and salt. In a saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120 degrees F-130 degrees F. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add 3 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.
- Dye hard boiled eggs; lightly rub with oil. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough into thirds. Shape 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. Gently separate braided ropes and tuck dyed eggs into openings. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 20 minutes.
- Beat water and remaining egg; gently brush over dough. Bake at 375 degrees F for 28-32 or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Refrigerate leftovers.
In Raleigh, you can find fresh ingredients at great prices at Food Lion, Kroger or Lowe’s Foods. With locations all over the triangle, you can easily pick up what you need on the way home from work.
- Be very careful when braiding the bread not to rip it; it’s not easy to reattach once the dough is ripped.
- Do not dye the eggs the same day as you make the bread. Even if they are dry, if they are freshly dyed they will stain the bread. Dye the eggs a couple of days in advanced.
- You can certainly leave out the eggs and use this recipe anytime of the year!
Dyed hard boiled Easter eggs baked right into the dough give this sweet bread such a festive look. Your Easter dinner or Easter brunch would not complete if you did not include this delicious Easter egg bread recipe!
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