Of course if you want Grandma's Original Recipe version (and hers was amazing) you will
need allot more time than this one will take you to whip it up. If your in a hurry and want something easy, give this one a try. This is light, a touch of sweetness and very impressive to everyone who is a bread lover like I am. It really came alive in both texture and flavor.
I have been making old Grandma's Old Fashioned Easter Bread for years now and since I am working so many hours this did the trick this year!
Quick Easter Bread!
3/4 cup lukewarm water
1 package dry yeast
3/4 tablespoon sea salt
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 drops of anise oil or 2 teaspoons anisette extract (or use any kind of flavoring you like. Orange peel makes this taste delicious as well. Try a tablespoon of grated orange peel.)
1/4 cup honey
3 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup melted butter
parchment paper or on a silpat mat
hard boiled colored eggs
Extra flour for rolling
1 beaten egg or just the whites for the tops to glisten
Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water let rest 10 minutes. Add all the rest of the ingredients beat for around 5 minutes until holds together and well blended.
Let rise until doubled in a warm area or place in a plastic container for future use. (This can be save for up to two weeks until ready to use. When ready let rise for around 2 hours before shaping if saving).
To make egg nests, you will need hard boiled colored eggs. Cooled.
Make sure the ropes are the same in length
Braiding is not my speciality!
Make three long ropes and braid on a floured board. Twist together to form a round. I use the silpat mat so I don't have to transfer to parchment paper or another pan. Now just add the egg to the center, brush with egg whites and let rest around 5 more minutes. Bake the breads until light in color browned on the bottoms in a hot 350 degree oven. Cool. Frost and eat! Fun to make delicious to eat they will think you bought it!
|Shape after braiding into a ring. Add the egg to the center.|
Drizzle with a thick frosting made with powdered sugar and water.
Sprinkle with colored candies.
|Buona Pasqua !!|