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Buona Pasqua! - Italian Easter BreadItalian Easter Bread

Practically every family in Italy has a variation of this recipe, traditionally baked shortly before the holiday to break the Lenten fast.

Sweet and festive, Italian Easter Bread serves as an attractive circular nest for colored Easter eggs, and is sometimes topped with colored sugar or sprinkles.

Serve at Easter breakfast with coffee, or after the holiday dinner meal with round of espresso or a dessert wine.


Italian Easter Bread Recipe


3 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup warm milk
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 eggs
1/2 cup chopped mixed candied fruit
1/2 teaspoon anise seeds
5 colored Easter eggs

Recipe Instructions:

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
2. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and beat in milk and butter.
3. Add 2 eggs and 1/2 cup flour; beat 2 minutes on high. Stir in candied fruit and aniseed and mix well.
4. Beat in remaining flour to form a soft dough.
5. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.
6. Place in a greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until double in volume. Punch down the dough and divide into two pieces.
7. Roll out each piece into a 24-inch rope. Loosely twist ropes and "nest" colored eggs into openings.
8. Cover and let rise until doubled.
9. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
10. Remove from pan and let cool before serving.

Serves 6-8.

also see -> Italian Easter | Italian Easter Pie Recipe

Elsewhere on the Web:

Sicilian Easter Bread - with complete nutritional info and calorie count.
Buona Pasqua! Easter in Italy


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