One of my most loved recipes on this blog is my Easter Bread so I made a batch and took some proper photos of it. This bread is perfect with a cup of coffee or as dessert. I’m making some to bring to my sister’s and gifted some to my new neighbors. Its dense and a little sweet and OH SO good! It takes time, but its SO worth it! PS: This recipe makes four small loaves.

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Easter Bread

The perfect sweet bread to pair with coffee or as a dessert!
Prep Time1 d 2 hrs
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bread, easter

Ingredients

Bread Ingredients

  • 1 pkg active dry yeast (1/4oz package)
  • 1/4 cup water room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 eggs room temp
  • 1 1/2 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 6 tbs melted butter
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Icing Ingredients

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 tbs milk

Instructions

The Night Before

  • Dissolve the yeast in a large bowl with the warm water with a small pinch of the sugar. Let sit 10 minutes until foamy.
  • Whisk in the remaining sugar, milk, eggs, vanilla extract, salt, oil, and melted butter.
  • Combine well with a mixer.
  • Once everything is well combined, mix in the flour, one cup at a time, to form a wet, sticky dough.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for about 5 minutes, adding flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking to the surface.
  • Spray a bowl with oil and place dough in it then spray the top of the dough and cover with a damp towel.
  • Place in the oven with the light on (but no heat). The dough needs to rise until doubled in size, about 6-12 hours or overnight.

The Next Day

  • When doubled, punch dough down, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into four pieces. Take one piece and cut it into three strips and braid. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Place the loaves on a silicone mat or parchment-lined baking sheets. Cover very loosely with lightly greased plastic wrap and let rise for 2 hours. 
  • Preheat oven to 350F and once loaves have risen, bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove and cool on wire racks.
  • Stir confectioners sugar and milk together until smooth and drizzle over bread and enjoy! I like to add a sprinkle of festive jimmies on top too!

Notes

You can add the hard boiled eggs into the bread like they traditionally do, but I prefer it this way. You can also braid the dough into a wreath like a lot of people do. This recipe will make four loaves so I like to gift them to friends, family and neighbors. It goes GREAT with coffee fyi 🙂

I hope you love this bread! Its such a nice treat year round, but especially at Easter! If you do give it a go, tag me in your pics @jillianrosado – can’t wait to see!

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