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  • Italian Easter Bread Recipe: A Step-by-Step

  • Celebrate spring with beautifully braided Italian Easter bread.
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  • Classic Italian Easter bread is one of our favorite braided breads, thanks to its creative use of colorful Easter eggs between woven layers of dough. The design is a nod to the early Catholic tradition of forbidding eggs until the close of Lent, and Italian Easter bread can be enjoyed in both sweet and savory form. Elaine McCardel, the voice behind The Italian Dish, knows how to bring new life to all aspects of classic Italian fare—so naturally, her take on Italian Easter Bread is no exception. Italian Easter Bread Recipe Ingredients ? 1 package Rapid Rise (instant) yeast, about 2-1/4 teaspoons ? 1 1/4 cups milk ? pinch of salt ? 1/3 cup butter ? 2 eggs, beaten ? 1/2 cup sugar ? 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (approximate) ? 1 egg, beaten with 1 teaspoon of water ? 6 dyed Easter eggs ? sprinkles or pearl sugar 1. In a small saucepan, warm the milk and butter together, until the butter melts. 2. In a large mixer bowl, combine yeast, salt, eggs and sugar. Add the warm (not hot - it will kill the yeast) milk and butter. Add about half the flour and beat until smooth with dough hook. Slowly add the remaining flour to form a stiff dough. Add flour until the dough is no longer sticky.   For more bread recipes that are fantastic for Easter, see below. This article originally appeared as on Relish

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