This Easter bread recipe is fun to create during Easter time with
Before you start your bread recipe dye eggs in various colors and
set in the fridge until needed.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Italian Easter Bread recipe
1/2 Cup warm water
1 1/2 Tablespoon yeast or 1 pkg
2 Cup warmed milk
1/2 Cup shortening
2 teaspoons salt
1 Cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
7-8 Cups flour
1/2 Cup chopped dried fruit, optional
1/4 Cup slivered almonds, optional
* dyed eggs
egg white, for brushing on the top sprinkles
In a small bowl combine warm water and yeast. Sprinkle a little
sugar on top and set aside. In a mixing bowl, add warm milk,
shortening, salt, eggs, sugar and vanilla. Blend together until
Add 3 Cups of flour and yeast mixture and blend together. Continue
to add the remaining flour 1 Cup at a time until dough forms a ball.
Knead in fruit and almonds if using. Knead 3-4 minutes longer and
place dough in a large oiled bowl to rise for 1 hour.
After 1 hour, take off pieces of dough and roll into ropes. Braid
two ropes together. Place two ends of rope together forming a
wreath. Place on a cookie sheet.
Place a colored egg in the middle of the wreath. Let rise 20
minutes. In a small dish crack an egg white and discard the egg
yolk. Brush the tops of each wreath with egg white and add colored
sprinkles to tops. Bake at 30 minutes or until golden brown. Add a
drizzle of frosting if desired.
* We recommend boiling your eggs first instead of using raw colored
eggs however you can color your eggs raw, carefully, and then let
them cook in the oven.
*You can also make a large wreath or braided loaf with three ropes
and tuck eggs within the braids.