SLIGHTLY SWEET BRAIDED BREAD

March 23, 2013

Slightly Sweet Easter Bread from Rachel Schultz

SLIGHTLY SWEET BRAIDED BREAD
Serves 6

1 package instant yeast
1 and 1/4 cups warm milk
1/3 cup butter, room temperature
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups flour
1 egg
A dash of salt
Dyed easter eggs

Combine yeast, milk, butter, eggs, sugar, and a dash of salt in a large bowl. Slowly add flour to mixture until a dough tacky, elastic dough forms. Knead dough for 2-3 minutes on a floured work surface. Drizzle a bowl with olive oil and place dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth and allow to rise for 1 hour. Punch dough down and form twelve 14″ strands. Twist two strands together and form a ring, making six rings in total.

Slightly Sweet Easter Bread from Rachel Schultz

Arrange dough onto a lined baking sheet. Cover again and allow to sit for another hour.

Slightly Sweet Easter Bread from Rachel Schultz

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of water and brush egg wash over dough. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until slightly golden.

Nestle a dyed egg inside your ring for a delicate Easter place-setting. Family’s names could even be written on the egg for assigned seating. The bread bakes up slightly sweet, so serve as an appetizer, dessert, or even breakfast.

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slightly sweet braided easter bread
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 package instant yeast
  • 1 and ¼ cups warm milk
  • ⅓ cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • A dash of salt
  • Dyed easter eggs
Instructions
  1. Combine yeast, milk, butter, eggs, sugar, and a dash of salt in a large bowl. Slowly add flour to mixture until a dough tacky, elastic dough forms. Knead dough for 2-3 minutes on a floured work surface.
  2. Drizzle a bowl with olive oil and place dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth and allow to rise for 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down and form twelve 14" strands. Twist two strands together and form a ring, making six rings in total.
  4. Arrange dough onto a lined baking sheet. Cover again and allow to sit for another hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of water and brush egg wash over dough. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until slightly golden.

Adapted from Seeded at the Table.

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Comments

  • Jessica

    I bought Fleischman’s Active Dry yeast, do I make it like the directions on the package fist then add it into you directions? Or just put the powder into your directions? I want to make this so bad!!

  • Anonymous

    Easter bread

  • Vittoria W

    Hi Rachel,
    Wow this recipe takes me back! My mom use to make this for us every Easter! I’m Italian and this is a tradition for us. They look GREAT!

  • Mel

    So how many eggs? first you list 2 then further down you say 1 – whats the total # of eggs needed?

    1 package instant yeast
    1 and 1/4 cups warm milk
    1/3 cup butter, room temperature
    ***2 eggs
    1/2 cup sugar
    4 cups flour
    ***1 egg
    A dash of salt
    Dyed easter eggs

    • Rachel Schultz

      The last egg is for the egg wash.

  • Emily

    These are beautiful! You must be very patient! Do you ever make your dough in a bread machine? I know, cheating, but med school calls….

    • Rachel Schultz

      No, I’ve never tried one. Maybe I will now…

  • Rachel Schultz

    Thanks

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