Grandma's Easter Bread

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Easter bread was a must make in our family every year and I carry on that tradition.

We all the lost smell of the anisette baking in this bread.

I change it up at times with lemon since not everyone loves that flavor.

We start making it the day before Palm Sunday.

In our family, Palm Sunday started off the Holiday for Easter, with a blessing from grandma Victoria.

Grandma would take the palms, dip them in holy water, splash all of us in the face and bless us.

She had so much cooking going on, the stove and oven were both loaded up with no room.




Braided Easter Bread in an Easter Basket with Bunnies





Braided Easter Bread


Italian traditions are hard to ever want to stop.



The food is in abundance with of course the sugo (sauce) lamb, favorite pasta like lasagna, all kinds of vegetables, appetizers and a ton of desserts like cassata, cream puffs, cannoli, cookies and of course Grandma's Easter Bread.



homemade easter bread with boiled eggs inside and anisette flavor



This Bread is more like a dessert



This bread is delicious toasted with butter or plain.


We always kept some of the loaves unfrosted for toasting.


The warm toasted Easter bread with melted butter is fabulous, and it's hard not to eat it when it first comes out of the oven.


Grandma would have to hide it or make it when we weren't around or there would be none left for Easter!



Frosted Easter Bread with hard boiled eggs and sprinkles  homemade easter bread with boiled eggs inside and anisette flavor




Easter Traditions



Easter in Italian is “Pasqua,” and it’s a time of religious parades and celebrations.


These processions often have as their focus statues of Jesus or the Virgin Mary which are carried through the city streets by participants.


One of the largest and most famous processions is in the city of Enna in Sicily on Good Friday, where more than 2,000 friars parade through the city.


One of the oldest Good Friday processions takes place in the Abruzzo city of Chieti.


Of course, because Italy is such an overwhelmingly Catholic's you’ll find the majority of them head to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.


For some more personal and local traditions, Catholic priests throughout Italy will stop by private homes and shops in order to bless them for Easter.






Frosted Easter Bread with and sprinkles homemade easter bread with boiled eggs inside and anisette flavor>



Dough Shapes



We make this recipe every year. Grandma and Mom made various shapes, birds nests, bunny shapes, and egg shapes


We still do the same.


We boil and color Easter eggs first then are placed in the center adding strips of dough to hold the egg in place.


The dough has then risen until doubled and baked. When cooled you can frost them or leave them plain.




homemade easter bread with boiled eggs inside and anisette flavor


Easter in Italy



Easter is incredibly important in Italy this time of year and I would love to be there, even with all the major traffic jams.


We still have family that lives there, and can't wait to visit them. Here is a little background of what they have told me.



Braided Easter Bread




Tips



  • Rise dough overnight for best results
  • Keep dough covered with light oil and plastic wrap and towels over the top of the bowl
  • For the lightest dough, punch down and rise again
  • For a heavier dough rise only once




Braided Easter Bread in an Easter Basket with Bunnies





Ingredients You Will Need



  • dry yeast
  • egg yolks
  • sugar
  • oil
  • flour
  • anise extract or another flavoring you like IE lemon extract, almond etc.
  • 1 egg beaten for the top to brush top with
  • Colored and Boiled Easter Eggs
  • powdered sugar
  • water
  • sprinkles for decorating





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Yield: 10

Grandma's Easter Bread

prep time: 15 min cook time: 4 hours total time: 4 hours and 15 mins
Delicious egg bread Grandma and mom made every year. This is a traditional Italian bread that has a boiled egg for Easter decoration inside and a little pretty decorated icing on top. Delicious toasted or plain with anisette flavor.

ingredients:

  • Grandma's Easter Bread Recipe
  • 1 package of dry yeast
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 8 -1/2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups of flour
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons anise extract or another flavoring you like (IE lemon extract, almond, etc.)
  • 1 egg beaten for the top to brush top with
  • Colored and Boiled Easter Eggs
  • The frosting is powdered sugar and water to make a thin icing and
  • colorful candies to sprinkle on top

instructions:

  1. Soften yeast in 1/3 cup water warm to the wrist. 
  2. Mix eggs, anise, oil with yeast after dissolved. 
  3. Use a dough hook or hand knead, add the sugar then flour one cup at a dough until soft dough forms. 
  4. Cover overnight with a light film of oil.
  5.  Cover with plastic wrap. 
  6. Set in warm place to rise overnight. 
  7. Shape into rounds, braids, animals whatever you like. 
  8. You can add boiled colored eggs into the center. 
  9. Wrap strips of dough around the eggs. 
  10. Bake at 375 until brown. 
  11. Cool and frost with powdered sugar and water blended to make a thick frosting.
  12.  Sprinkle with colored candies. 
  13. Leave it plain if you like it toasted. 
  14. The bread freezes well also.
  15. We make this recipe every year. 
  16. Grandma and Mom made various shapes, birds nests, bunny shapes and egg shapes 
  17. We still do the same. 
  18. We boil and color Easter eggs first then are placed in the center adding strips of dough to hold the egg in place. 
  19. The dough has then risen until doubled and baked. 
  20. When cooled you can frost them or leave them plain.
Calories
279
Fat (grams)
15
Sat. Fat (grams)
4
Carbs (grams)
19
Net carbs
15
Sugar (grams)
12
Protein (grams)
2
Sodium (milligrams)
4
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Braided Easter Bread in an Easter Basket with Bunnies

21 comments

  1. It looks the Easter Bread that my maternal grandmother called "Tortano", a typical bread of her country. Great recipe!

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  2. Very beautiful! Reminds of of honey balls AND Easter breads. My mom did a yeasty anise bread bread with the colored eggs every Easter, and its a wonderful childhood memory of mine. Happy Easter <3

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  3. What a wonderful bread and an even better way to always have your grandmother with you!

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  4. Gorgeous bread Claudia. Great tribute to your grandmother. Hope you have a wonderful, Blessed Easter.

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  5. wonderful post,claudia!i made yesterday our traditional easter bread,the same recipe like yours but with a filling with cocoa and nuts.like you,that bread remind me by my granny ,a beautiful soul.(my granny had a aunt in italy but i lost the contact with relativ from there since '80 years.)

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  6. Your Grandmather's Easter bread is wonderful. Happy Easter :X

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  7. That's such a beautiful Easter bread. Love the soft texture. I bet it taste awesome. Happy Easter, Claudia!

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  8. What is it about those little multicolored sprinkles that everyone loves? I love this bread toasted in the morning with a big gob of butter on it for breakfast. What a classic!

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  9. What a beautiful Easter Bread! Happy Easter!

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  10. Isn't grandma just the best? Mine has a lot of delicate recipes too :) I just started an online cooking show, Swedish Home Cooking. Please check it out! I stared making grandmas blueberry pie in one of them..See how it went!

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  11. Ah, the number 1 foodbuzz bread! no wonder!! Your bread is beautiful.

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  12. Neat article - I've been trying to find my Nona's recipe since she never wrote anything down and her Easter bread is one of those lost recipes. My question for you is - do you put the hard boiled egg IN the dough? My Nona did and then it was a tradition to try and cut thru it (I think it was supposed to mean luck for the person who cut thru the egg). Anyway, I'm just curious because if you make your bread the same way, then this recpe is probably pretty close.

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  13. YOur Easter bread looks so good. I think I'm drooling. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  14. That Easter bread looks good enough to eat! LOL

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  15. The bread looks amazing and what special memories-enjoy:@)

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  16. This looks delicious! I love the idea of being able to make it into different shapes. Fun!

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  17. Memories of food are always so special, especially when you can create them yourself and feel all of the emotions again.
    My kids would LOVE this bread with my daughter being partial to the frosting and sprinkles. I'm somewhat partial to the pic by the pool!
    Well done!
    Happy Spring!

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  18. Such a wonderful holiday tradition!!! Gorgeous Easter bread!

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  19. I'm such a big bread fan. This Easter bread looks scrumptious.

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  20. Makes me very sad that I have no family recipes really. My sister took all of my mothers things after she died. She won't share them at all. Thankfully I inherited the talent to bake form watching my mother so closely as a child. I have tried to reproduce recipes from memory. I have to say, I've been very success in doing so. To me I always say, my sister might have the recipe. But I have the ability to bake them.She can not bake. So with my memory and patience I will have some recipes to pass to my girls. I wish I had my mothers Italian sauce recipe. I will continue to work at it until I master that one. I do have her Pizzelle cookie recipe and secret ingredient. So at least I have that. I thank you for sharing some of your recipes with us. Really appreciate that.

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