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One quest, realized ~or~ The making of Easter Egg Bread 
Apr. 1, 2010 8:18 pm 
Updated: Apr. 4, 2010 2:31 am
I have three boys. Needless to say, I don't have any hair to braid around here. So I decided to braid some bread instead.
Besides, I've been intrigued with these types of baked goods, so I had to do it out of curiosity.
I started with the Braided Easter Egg Bread recipe, but put my own spin on it.
Here it is in a nutshell.
The dough, ready to rise - I mixed this partially in Red Betty, my KA, and finished kneading by hand.
The dough, after rising...


Punching down, or deflating the dough
(have any aggressions to take out?)


It always looks so cool at this point.
I'm easily amused.

Here's where I changed the recipe a bit. The recipe says "BRAIDED", but the directions said to divide the dough into two parts and roll them into 36" ropes.
I might not have girls, but I know you need at least 3 ropes to braid,
so I divided the dough into 3 parts...

and made three ropes. I already had the raw, colored eggs.
I was bored the other day, and actually planned ahead for once.


I started loosely braiding while the eggs looked on.


It wasn't difficult to shape the braid into a ring.
I used a little water to seal the ends together.


After a quick transfer to a greased baking sheet, I tucked the eggs into the braids,


then covered the bread with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 45 minutes.


Here's the risen loaf. At this point the directions said to brush it with melted butter.
I didn't.


I used an egg wash (one egg, one tablespoon of water), which I brushed
on, then sprinkled with nonpareils.


The directions said to bake for 50-55 minutes, but my loaf was golden brown after 35. I left it in for 40.


Purty, huh?

Thanks for dropping by!

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Apr. 1, 2010 8:31 pm
Also a mom of three boys, so I often miss the girlie things, too. We have to get our fill of pretty wherever we can. Gorgeous pics!
Apr. 1, 2010 8:35 pm
That bread looks so yummy and good! LOVE the photos too! Ah man! I was going to keep Easter low key this year but now I HAVE to make this! My new stove is being delivered on Saturday (what was I thinking day before Easter!) so maybe tomorrow I can squeeze it in! Really nice job all around Pam! Kudos!
Apr. 1, 2010 9:41 pm
Nice blog and great photos, well done! The bread is gorgeous, I think I can do this. Thanks for being such an inspiration!
Apr. 1, 2010 9:46 pm
Oh that is very very pretty, now I'm not so worried anymore about trying this out, that's just awesome!!!! Great job!
Apr. 1, 2010 9:49 pm
Gorgeous, Pam, just gorgeous!!
Apr. 1, 2010 10:03 pm
Pam, you bake the most beautiful things and then take terrific pictures of them. Nice job.
Apr. 1, 2010 10:04 pm
Oh, wow! That turned out great! I like the sprinkles on top, too. It's pretty amazing that the eggs don't crack in their little dough cradles, but these look perfect! Good job.
Apr. 2, 2010 5:19 am
Pam, you are always head over heels into something devine to bake and utterly gorgeous photos. This was no exception. Beautiful!
Apr. 2, 2010 6:04 am
Awesome Pam! I have a little guy too, so I may have to make this bread for Easter to satisfy my girlie thing Have a Happy Easter!
Apr. 2, 2010 6:51 am
Wow, thanks everyone!
Apr. 2, 2010 8:12 am
Absolutely gorgeous!
Apr. 2, 2010 9:05 am
Perfect! That looks great-too bad there was not enough to french braid;) Hope you enjoy it, will you break down and eat the perty bread art? 3's probably gone already LOL
Apr. 2, 2010 9:39 am
That looks amazing!! Great pictures, too!
Apr. 2, 2010 7:27 pm
u did good!!! thanks for sharing
Apr. 2, 2010 8:09 pm
Wow!Your bread looks incredible!Your more energetic then me.I made little loaves of apple breakfast bread.Since it's just the two of use I can freeze half of the loaves and give a couple for gifts. Great pictures by the way!
Apr. 2, 2010 11:12 pm
Oh my!! This is lovely and very helpful ... can't wait to make this! Thanks Pam!
Apr. 3, 2010 3:05 pm
This is an Easter bread I've been wanting to make, too. So pretty to look at! It came out great!
Apr. 4, 2010 2:31 am
Great pictures! Your Easter bread looks beautiful! You have definately inspired me to try this! Keep up the good work!
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About Me
I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try all sorts of new recipes, so I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I enjoy using fresh ingredients from the garden and canning those ingredients to use year-round. I also enjoy baking treats for my second grade class. I'll try almost anything if I think my family will eat it. Of course, I've been known to try a recipe because I want to, whether they'll eat it or not.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love making the pumpkin pies and other desserts for Thanksgiving. I always like to try one new dessert for each holiday. Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition that goes back as long as I can remember.
My cooking triumphs
I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I cooked a turkey I relied on my thermometer to tell when it was done. It wasn't.
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