With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Easter Bread

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Bread

I posted this pretty Easter Bread
with dyed eggs last year but thought I would share again.
I tried something a little different this time.  Because
my family thought the eggs weren't cooked as much as they like,
I hard boiled the eggs first instead of putting them on the bread
dough raw and allowing them to bake in the oven.
We thought they were better this way.
The eggs can be eliminated all together if you prefer.

Here is my recipe

Dough Ingredients:
1 large egg plus enough water to equal 1 cup 2 Tablespoons
1/4 cup butter at room temp.
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups Bread flour (add a little more if dough seems too wet)
3 tbsp. nonfat Dry milk
3-5 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. bread machine yeast

If Desired: 5-6 raw eggs, dyed and brought to room temperature (I have found if the eggs are cold, they will not cook completely during the baking time for the bread)

Dough Instructions:
  • Place dough ingredients in bread pan in order listed above
  • Set on Basic Dough
  • When cycle is completed, remove dough from bread pan onto a lightly floured board.
  • Cover with inverted bowl and allow to rest 15 minutes.

  • Divide dough in half.
  • Roll each piece into a log about 24-inches long.
  • Pinch top edges together and begin braiding each piece over the other.
  • Form into a circle and pinch ends together.
  • Transfer to a baking sheet sprayed with PAM.
  • Gently snuggle each egg into the dough. It helps to make an indentation with your fingers so the egg sits deep enough.
  • Cover; let rise in a warm, draft-free place 1 hour or until double in size.
Baking Directions:
Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

In addition, you may want to drizzle on a glaze made of 1/2 cup confectioners sugar, 1/2 tsp. melted butter, splash of almond extract and a few grains of salt stirred with a bit of milk, water or orange juice to desired consistency.

*For a large opening in the center of the finished braided bread, I coated a Pyrex bowl (5-inch diameter) with PAM and placed the braided dough around it. (see top photo).
The bread looks just fine baked without the bowl as seen in the above photo
 * I have made two smaller breads by cutting the dough from the bread machine in half and then proceeding by cutting each of those in half to begin braiding. You will probably want to reduce the baking time to about 18-20 minutes.

Baked with or without the eggs, it makes a delicious bread.


Mildred said...

The bread is just so pretty! I want to come live with you and your family!!!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Either way it looks beautiful. And delicious!

Kathleen said...

That looks wonderful, L! I have never made it.

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Ann said...

I've always wanted to try one of those but never have. I just never seem to find the time. Yours look so pretty and delicious

Susan said...

Oh, LDH, that bread looks so festive and beautiful. Great job. Susan p.s. I'd like a big slice of it, too. heehee

Joan said...

This is so pretty! Home made bread is my weakness.

Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter.


Carlos said...

You had it right when you thought of sharing this again to your readers. This is so perfect for the upcoming Easter. I like your idea and creativity a lot. I've never been into something like this before. Though I've been through a lot of typical egg coloring but this one is so unique. Having the eggs into the bread all together.

To be honest. It's my first time to see something like this my entire life. You are wonderful LDH. I already took down notes of the recipe of this wonderful Easter treat. Can't wait for Easter to come already. Advance Happy Easter everyone!

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NanaDiana said...

Lorraine- That is an amazing looking addition to the Easter table! Love it-I think it might be fun to bake a "ring" around an individual egg too...I suppose you would have to cut the bake time back a bit? Lovely recipe and one I will try! xxoo Diana

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Just beautiful Lorraine! I bet it doesn't last long. Happy Easter too.

Tony said...

Wishing you happy Easter holiday!

sarah said...

this is a work of art!!!

crochet lady said...

Very pretty and fun for Easter!

Life In a Little House said...

Wow I am drooling that looks so yummy and it is so cute looking ~Have a wonderful Holiday ~And a Blessed Easter ~Love Heather

Jodi said...

Love it! Can't wait to try it!
Is there anyway you can email what kind of camera you use? I have a great one, but my photos do not look this good. Maybe you can tell me what settings you have it on or any suggestions would be appreciated!
Jodi: jw_boys_r_us@yahoo.com

Atelier de Charo said...

Looks great!

Happy Easter!


Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Someday when we get to heaven, I'm hoping the two of us get to sit and compare notes about bread and bread machines for hours on end. Won't that be fun?

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

What a gorgeous bread for the Easter table! Thanks for sharing!

Regina said...

Yummy! Thank you for sharing LDH.
Enjoy Easter.

Vivienne said...

YOu're so creative Lorraine! I love all the different styles of bread to celebrate Easter! Looks like you are enjoying a lot of family time these days :) What a blessing! May we all celebrate His love that was exhibited on the Cross this Easter!

Mary said...

Beautiful with and without the eggs! Looks delicious too!


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