Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Egg Bread


This has become a tradition in our family.  It's beautiful and delicious!

Easter Egg Bread
6 - 6 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
6 Tablespoons butter, softened
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup juice from an orange
2 Tablespoons grated orange peel
3 - 6 hard boiled eggs
vegetable oil

Warm up the milk in the microwave until it is HOT, but not boiling.  Mine takes about 1 1/2 minutes.  Pour into mixing bowl with butter, salt and sugar and let it cool down a little.  When it's luke warm, add yeast.  Let soften in there about 5 minutes.  Add eggs, orange peel and orange juice.  With mixer on, add flour one cup at a time until you have a soft dough.  Stop adding flour when the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  It will still be a bit sticky.  Here's a shot of what my hands look like when I take it out

See?  Sticky.
Mix in your mixer for about 5 minutes.
Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top.
Cover and let rise until it doubles, about 1 hour.

In the meantime, get out all those fun eggs you dyed with your kiddos.  Rub them lightly with oil.

Punch dough down.  Place on a lightly floured surface.  Divide into 3 sections.  Shape each portion into a 24 inch rope. Place those ropes on a greased cookie sheet and braid together.  Bring ends together to form a ring.  Pinch ends to seal.  Gently separate the braids in a couple of places and tuck in an easter egg.  Cover with a towel and let rise for about 20 minutes.



Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Rub a little butter on the top while it is hot to make it a little shiny.  Yum!



3 comments:

Trish Atkinson said...

That looks very yummy, and is so pretty looking! I love hard boiled eggs, I never would have thought to put these two together. Thanks for sharing!!

Sankat said...

Fun! Do you guys eat this on Easter or before?

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

That looks so cool!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a GREAT week,
Beth =-)