easy easter sweet bread

Looking for a fun Easter recipe that the whole family will love? Read on to find a fun, creative Easter Sweet Bread recipe from Amelia Peck that everyone can help make!

Easter of Days Gone By

Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays. I have always appreciated the hope and love it represents, this year more than ever. I also love the music the choir sings at church. Easter brings about so many fond memories of growing up. Of course, as a little girl, acquiring an Easter dress that twirls was a top priority. Easter egg hunts where my grandparents hid money in a few of the eggs definitely increased the competition between my siblings and my cousins.

Easter Sweet Bread Memories

One of the highlights every year, even after we aged out of egg hunts and twirly dresses, was the amazing meal we shared with family. My favorite Easter specialty that my mom would always bake is the beautiful Easter Bread. It’s a sweet bread that is as delicious as it is eye-catching. It can be a centerpiece that is passed around or the highlight of your buffet line. 

Easter sweet bread

Making the Most of Change…and Eating Easter Sweet Bread

This year, with COVID-19 in our world and our need to shelter in place, I know our table will be a little smaller. It will be less about twirly dresses and more about being grateful for the health and well-being of my family…and it will definitely include Easter bread. 

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Easter Sweet Bread

Delicious and colorful sweet Easter bread your whole family will love.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Easter
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 487kcal
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients

  • 1 package quick-rising dry yeast
  • 3 tbsp warm water
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup warm milk

Confectioner's Icing

  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • water

Instructions

  • Sprinkle yeast in a small bowl with 3 tbs of warm water. Stir with a fork until dissolved
  • Combine flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor with the steel blade in place (not the dough blade! I made that rookie mistake the first round thinking I was so smart and it did not make that nice dough ball you are going to want)
  • Pulse the dry ingredients a few seconds to mix well
  • With the motor running, add the yeast and butter mixtures
  • Slowly pour in the milk until a moist dough forms into a ball around the center (keep an eye on things as you pour, you may not need all the milk)
  • Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for one minute
  • Round into a ball and  place in a warm buttered bowl, turning to coat the top (meaning, make sure there is butter on top too)
  • Cover with plastic wrap and a towel and let it sit for one hour. It should double in bulk.
  • Once your dough ball doubles in size, turn it out onto a clean surface (and I’m sure during this time, all your surfaces are super clean!). Use a little flour if necessary and knead down, cover, and let rest (sounds like the spa day we’re all dreaming of when everything opens again!)

Constructing Your Easter Sweet Bread

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Divide your dough in two equal portions and roll each half into a 26 inch rope
  • Twist the two ropes together loosely beginning at one end.
  • Form into a circle and join the two ends together and place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray
  • Have six colored Easter eggs ready and place them in the twists snugly (this can be a fun way to integrate your kids into the process by using eggs they decorated. NOTE, you do not need to boil your eggs before placing them in the bread as they will cook in the oven, and they aren’t meant to be eaten).
  • Cover and let rise for 30 minutes
  • Press the eggs down again and then pop it into the oven for 30 minutes or until bread is golden
  • When you remove it from the oven, let it cool on a wire rack.

Confectioner's Icing

  • Using a whisk, simply beat the sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla together as you slowly add water to get the thickness you need to cover your bread.

Notes

Basic confectioners’ icing is pretty much just confectioners sugar and water. It is also what makes my kids call Easter bread a giant donut. The glaze you make should be easy to pour and drizzle over the top of your bread. I love to add some small green sprinkles on top to make it look beautiful and springy.

Nutrition

Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 88.9g | Protein: 10.2g | Fat: 9.9g | Sodium: 471mg | Sugar: 32.6g

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