Sunday, April 27, 2014

Daring Bakers! - Easter Bread

So if you're like, "Dude, Rebecca...not sure if you know this, but Easter was last week," my answer is, yeah, I know, I know! But Daring Bakers has strict posting guidelines and I didn't want to break them. So sorry that you now have to wait until next Easter to make this bread. Or you could just be a rebel and make it whenever you feel like it. I've been known to do that.

Apology: Pictures all taken in ridiculously different lights. 

So Easter. How was yours? I honestly didn't do a whole lot. For one of the first times my school didn't have Good Friday and Easter Monday off, so a lot of people (including me) stayed on campus and kind of just treated it like a normal weekend. It was a little weird, because Easter is such a family time for me. But I just spent it with my second family instead ^__^

So, Easter Bread. Just your basic enriched dough, twisted into a pretty ring and sprinkled with pearl sugar. What's interesting is that the egg you place in the center is raw and actually bakes with the bread. It was a little weird to dye raw eggs, but everything turned out great! These breads were eaten after Good Friday service while watching Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and having a ten person cuddle pile. Best way to do it. 

The April Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Wolf of Wolf’s Den . She challenged us to Spring into our kitchens and make Easter breads reflecting cultures around the world. Mine is Italian! My mom said my great-grandma would have been proud of me for these <3
Easter Bread
from Sprinkle Bakes

1 1/4 cups/301 ml. milk or half and half
1/3 cup/76g unsalted butter
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
Pinch of salt (about 1/16 teaspoon)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup/100g sugar
3 to 4 cups/ 408 to 544g bread flour (approximate)
1 egg
1 teaspoon water
pearl sugar, or rainbow sprinkles
6 raw eggs, room temperature, dyed in rainbow colors

Combine the milk and butter in a small saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Warm just until the butter is completely melted and remove from the heat. Let cool until just warm.
Combine the yeast, salt, eggs and sugar in the bowl of a standing mixer. Add the warm milk and half of the flour. Knead with the dough hook until combined. Add more flour gradually until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the mixer. You may not have to use all of the flour. Knead the dough about 3-5 minutes longer, or until completely smooth and elastic.
Place the dough in a greased bowl and turn it over once to coat the top. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise in a warm place, about 1 hour (

Gently deflate the dough with a fist. Turn it out onto a floured work surface and pat it down slightly so that the dough has an even thickness. Cut the dough into 12 even pieces. Roll each piece to form a 1-inch thick rope about 14 inches in length. Take two lengths and twist them together; loop the twist into a circle and pinch the ends together. Place the circle onto parchment lined baking sheets. Cover the loaves with plastic wrap and let rise again for 1 hour, or until doubled.
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Combine the egg and 1 teaspoon water in a small condiment cup. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat the loaves with the mixture. Sprinkle on the nonpareils and gently place a dyed egg in the middle of each loaf. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the bread is golden and fragrant. Let cool until warm, if patience allows.


  1. I understand the light problem! My kitchen is dark so I try to take my photos in the dining room. But when I want to get a kitchen shot my lighting is off from the other photos. Regardless, your bread looks terrific!

    1. Thanks! My biggest issue is that I just don't usually bake when there are good natural light sources, and whatever I make gets eaten so fast I need to immediately take pictures!

  2. I'm lucky in that I have 3 good sized windows in my kitchen, which allows for reasonably good light.}:P

    I love that you made individual wreaths, AND twisted them as well. They look adorable! Yes, your Great Grandmother would be proud!

    1. Thanks! The kitchen I use at school doesn't even have windows :c


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