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Easter Egg Bread

Rated as 4.74 out of 5 Stars

"I've made this Easter treat for 20 years! Colored hard-cooked eggs baked in the dough give this sweet bread such a festive look. Leave them out and it can be enjoyed anytime of year. My husband especially enjoys this bread with baked ham. -Heather Durante, Wellsburg, Virginia"
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1 h 5 m servings
Original recipe yields 16 servings


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  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, cardamom and salt. In a saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120 degrees F-130 degrees F. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add 3 eggs; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  3. Dye hard-cooked eggs; lightly rub with oil. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough into thirds. Shape each portion into a 24-in. rope.
  4. Place ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid; bring ends together to form a ring. Pinch ends to seal. Gently separate braided ropes and tuck dyed eggs into openings. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 20 minutes.
  5. Beat water and remaining egg; gently brush over dough. Bake at 375 degrees F for 28-32 or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Refrigerate leftovers.


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I followed the recipe as it was shown here and the bread turned out absolutely fantastic! It looks JUST like it does in the picture, smells great and tastes great!

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It turned out very pretty but tasted horrible. It didn't rise which is something I did I am sure. I made three of them a nd gave one away and decided to taste it before I gave anymore away, and...

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I followed the recipe as it was shown here and the bread turned out absolutely fantastic! It looks JUST like it does in the picture, smells great and tastes great!

I made these fabulous Easter Breads and they came out delicious!!! I didn't have cardamom so I subbed some boiled anise water instead (1 tspn anise seed boiled in 1 1/2 cup water). Efharisto! (...

I made 3 of these for Easter to give to family. They came out beautiful and very big. I think I would either add one more egg or space the 3 eggs a little better. I was curious as to how the car...

I did not put the dyed eggs in. But everyone RAVED about this bread at easter dinner. I didn't have Cardamom, so I used ginger. I also doubled the first rise and placed it in a spring form pa...

Wonderful! I cut the recipe in half and I'm very glad I did, because the bread expands a great deal!! Half of the recipe (8 servings) is just right to bring to a special event, without using too...

I have made many different Easter Bread recipes, and this is the best by far. Thank you!!

The bread was delicious! Be careful when braiding though, not to rip. It was hard to get them to glue back together once ripped. Also! Don't do like I did and use eggs that you dyed that day. Th...

Everyone loved it! The process was a little time consuming but well worth it. It's already been requested for next Easter! I used nutmeg with pinches of allspice & cinnamon instead of cardamom.

excellent recipe.