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Easter Bread Ring Recipe
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Easter Bread Ring

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"This recipe is from Italy. The Italians love it, especially at Easter time."

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Original recipe makes 1 loaf Change Servings
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Directions

  1. Color the 5 eggs with egg dye. In a large mixing bowl, blend the white sugar, salt, and yeast well with 1 cup of the flour.
  2. In a saucepan, combine 2/3 cup milk and butter, heating slowly until liquid is warm and butter is melted. Pour the milk into the dry ingredients and beat 125 strokes with a wooden spoon. Add eggs and 1/2 cup flour or enough to make a thick batter. Beat vigorously for 2 minutes. Stir in enough flour to make a ball of dough that draws away from the sides of the bowl.
  3. Turn out onto a floured board and knead for about 10 minutes, working in additional flour to overcome stickiness. Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease the top. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and put in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the fruit, nuts, and anise seed.
  5. Punch down the dough and return it to a lightly floured board. Knead in the fruit mixture, keeping the syrupy pieces dusted with flour until they are worked into the dough. Divide the dough in half.
  6. Carefully roll each piece into a 24-inch rope--the fruit and nuts will make this slightly difficult. Loosely twist the two ropes together and form a ring on a greased baking sheet. Pinch the ends together well. Brush the dough with melted shortening. Push aside the twist to make a place for each egg. Push eggs down carefully as far as possible. Cover the bread with wax paper and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  7. Bake the bread in a preheated 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in a twist comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool.
  8. Once the bread is cool, drizzle the icing on top between the eggs, and decorate with colored sprinkles. To make icing: mix together confectioners' sugar, 1 tablespoon whole milk, and vanilla.
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  • PREP 30 mins
  • COOK 35 mins
  • READY IN 3 hrs 5 mins
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 13, 2006

My mother and I have been making this bread since I was 3, it's a Good Friday tradition. I have found it easier though over the years to use anise extract, I think it gives it a little more flavor. Also if you're not into the dried fruit, Raisins are a great if not better substitute.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 12, 2003

This was a good sweet recipe, great for breakfast. However, use more dried fruit than is recomended. This recipe was hard to knead the second time because of the dry ingredients. Take your time with this one!

 
Nov 14, 2003

Really good recipe. However for the advanced baker since it's a yeast bread with multiple rising periods. Overall, very authentic-- and I'm 100% Italian!

 
Aug 31, 2003

I have never made a braided bread ring, but had wanted to try. This was perfect! I made it for my Bible Study class & got only raves. It wasn't hard to prepare or make. It was very good to eat- too!

 
Apr 17, 2003

This is a very good recipe. I did make some changes, however. First of all, I used half of the salt and still had excellent results. Also, I substituted sultanas (golden raisins) for the fruit called for in the recipe. I also omitted the nuts. The resulting loaf was beautiful to look at and makes an excellent Easter morning certerpiece. I do question the safety of letting the braided loaf rise for the second hour because of the raw eggs. Only let mine rise 30 minutes after the inserting the colored raw eggs. Everything turned out great. The bread is very lightly sweet and goes very well with coffee.

 
Nov 14, 2003

My family and I enjoyed this recipe very much.

 
Mar 07, 2008

Followed recipe as written--love it! I use kosher salt, and didn't notice a salty taste. Everybody raved about this last Easter. It tastes sweet--more like a cake bread. Excellent!

 
Aug 31, 2003

There is too much salt! The other recipes I have call for just a pinch of salt. I would use 1/2 or 1/4 teaspoon instead of 1 teaspoon. I couldn't taste the sweetness in the dough for the saltiness. Otherwise, it is a very good recipe.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 656 kcal
  • 33%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 100.6 g
  • 32%
  • Cholesterol
  • 260 mg
  • 87%
  • Fat
  • 20.9 g
  • 32%
  • Fiber
  • 3.3 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 17.2 g
  • 34%
  • Sodium
  • 565 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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