Easter Bread Recipe

Journal | March 22, 2018

Looking for a fun, crowd-pleasing recipe for your Easter gathering? We’ve put together another baking recipe for this time of year! Read below to learn how to make this fun, festive, braided Easter Bread wreath.

See recipe below, or download the recipe card, by clicking here.


Ingredients

½ cup white sugar

2 packages instant yeast

1 tbsp vanilla

1 tsp salt

6 to 6.5 cups all purpose flour

1.5 cups milk

6 tbsp butter, cubed

4 eggs

2 tbsp water

 

Method
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, mix sugar, yeast, salt & 2 cups of flour
  • In the microwave, heat milk and butter until warm & butter has melted (if it gets really hot, let cool before adding to recipe). Add to dry ingredients and mix until the dry ingredients are incorporated. Add 3 eggs and vanilla and beat on high for 2 minutes.
  • Mix in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will still be sticky). Knead the dough for 4-5 minutes in the mixer with a dough hook or by hand for about 8 minutes.
  • Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease all sides. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled – about 45 minutes.
  • Punch down dough, turn on a lightly floured surface and divide into thirds. Try to keep the three pieces as even in size as possible for your braid! Roll each portion into a long rope. Place ropes on a lined baking sheet and braid together. Bring the ends together to form a ring and pinch together.
  • Cover with a light kitchen town and let rise in a warm place until doubled again, about 20 minutes. Then preheat your oven to 375.
  • In a bowl whisk 1 egg and water and carefully brush over dough. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. You can brush the bread again with the egg wash mixture half way through baking time to get areas that have risen during cooking.
  • If you wish, decorate your Easter bread! We used colourful sprinkles and a simple icing to finish our bread.
  • Enjoy!

Makes 16 large servings

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