Easter Bread

egg bread



Some of you may remember my Easter bread recipe from last year. Everyone loved it so much that I made it again, and it’s even better now! I added a glaze to make it a bit sweeter and also played around with the colors of the eggs in the middle.

For years my family and I would dye Easter eggs even though we aren’t Christian and don’t celebrate Easter. I just loved it so much that I forced my parents into buying all the kits to dye eggs and I would spend hours making tons of them. I stopped a few years ago, but then I figured out how to make my own dyes for this bread. It’s so easy; all you have to do is stir some vinegar and food coloring into boiling water. If you put stickers on before you dip the eggs and peel them off after, you are left with white spots (or whatever shape your stickers are). I decided to try to tie-dye mine, and it was actually pretty easy to do. I dyed the water the color I wanted and let the eggs sit for a few minutes, and then I splashed a few drops of pure food coloring on an egg before submerging it again for just a few seconds. Let the eggs sit for a few seconds, blot dry, and you have beautifully tie-dyed eggs.

As good as the bread is and as pretty as the eggs are, I must say they could use a little more sweetness. Instead of adding more sugar and potentially upsetting the delicate balance of the bread itself, I decided to drizzle the whole thing with a glaze. I prefer vanilla, but you can add whatever flavor you want, from citrus (use the zest) to almond (use almond extract). For more flavor, you can even mix in some dried or candied fruit like orange peel, raisins, or cherries. Even if you keep the bread plain, it will definitely be the star of your Easter brunch! ~Kayla of The Nerdy Chef.

easter bread with hardboiled eggs

recipe for easter bread

easter bread

Easter Bread Recipe , makes 6

2 1/4 tsp Yeast
1 1/4 Cups + 1 tsp Milk
Pinch Salt
1/3 Cup Butter
9 Eggs
1/2 Cup Sugar
5 Cups Flour
Vinegar
Food Coloring
Sprinkles
1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Milk
1/8 tsp Vanilla Extract (or other type of extract or zest)

Boil 1/2 cup water in a mug or glass measuring cup. Whisk in 1 tsp vinegar and food coloring. Gently place an egg in the mixture and swirl lightly for up to 5 minutes or until desired color. Repeat with 5 more eggs, changing water when necessary or when changing colors.

Combine the butter and 1 1/4 cups milk in a small pot until the butter is melted. Cool until just warm.

Combine the yeast, salt, 2 eggs, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Fold in the milk mixture, then beat in half of the flour using the dough hook. Gradually add the remaining flour to form a stiff dough; you may not use all of it. Knead until smooth.

Place the dough into a greased bowl and cover. Let rise in a warm, draft-free area for an hour or until doubled. Punch down the dough and divide into 12 pieces. Roll each into a 1″ thick log. Twist two ropes together, then form it into a ring. Repeat with remaining dough.

Place the rings on parchment-lined cookie trays. Place an egg in the center of each; it should be fairly snug. Cover and let rise for another hour.

Preheat oven to 350F. Beat the remaining egg with 1T water. Brush onto the rings, avoiding the egg in the center. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

Whisk the powdered sugar, remaining milk, and vanilla together until smooth. Drizzle onto the cooled bread and top with sprinkles. Enjoy your Easter Bread!

 

Easter Bread
Author: Kayla for PopCosmo
Serves: 12+
The traditional colorful, braided Easter bread with a hard-boiled egg in the middle.
Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 tsp Yeast
  • 1 1/4 Cups + 1 tsp Milk
  • Pinch Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Butter
  • 9 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 5 Cups Flour
  • Vinegar
  • Food Coloring
  • Sprinkles
  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Milk
  • 1/8 tsp Vanilla Extract (or other type of extract or zest)
Instructions
  1. Boil 1/2 cup water in a mug or glass measuring cup. Whisk in 1 tsp vinegar and food coloring. Gently place an egg in the mixture and swirl lightly for up to 5 minutes or until desired color. Repeat with 5 more eggs, changing water when necessary or when changing colors.
  2. Combine the butter and 1 1/4 cups milk in a small pot until the butter is melted. Cool until just warm.
  3. Combine the yeast, salt, 2 eggs, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Fold in the milk mixture, then beat in half of the flour using the dough hook. Gradually add the remaining flour to form a stiff dough; you may not use all of it. Knead until smooth.
  4. Place the dough into a greased bowl and cover. Let rise in a warm, draft-free area for an hour or until doubled. Punch down the dough and divide into 12 pieces. Roll each into a 1″ thick log. Twist two ropes together, then form it into a ring. Repeat with remaining dough.
  5. Place the rings on parchment-lined cookie trays. Place an egg in the center of each; it should be fairly snug. Cover and let rise for another hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F. Beat the remaining egg with 1T water. Brush onto the rings, avoiding the egg in the center. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
  7. Whisk the powdered sugar, remaining milk, and vanilla together until smooth. Drizzle onto the cooled bread and top with sprinkles.

 

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  • WildRuffle

    Oh my goodness – these pictures are making me want to run out and bake these up right now. So pretty, and sounds delish!

  • meghan silva

    That looks so very delicious , gotta try it!

    xo Meg<3

    Meghan Silva’s Blog

  • http://twitter.com/BonBonRoseGirls Kristin & Megan

    So pretty and yummy looking!

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Let us know how it goes!

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    :) Thank you!

  • MonicaP

    How pretty! Love the blue egg in the middle.

    Monica

  • Sherri @madefrompinterest.net

    My husbands mom always made bread like this. Yours looks terrific.

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Ready to eat!

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Kayla surprised us this year with a twist on her recipe from last year!

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Is her recipe similar? Thank you so much!

  • http://gracefully50.com/ Jeannie

    Oh yum!! The bread looks SO good!

  • http://KatherinesCorner.com/ Katherines Corner

    perfect! Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

  • http://twitter.com/SquirrellyMinds Tan

    Yum! We have a similar tradition with sweet bread and an egg inside. I want to try ‘braiding’ it like that this easter though!

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Tweet us a photo if you make it this year :) We’d love to see!

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Always so much fun!

  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Yum is right – Kayla always makes the best!

  • Christine Kozovski
  • http://www.popcosmo.com/ PopCosmo

    Thank you!