Skip to main content New<> this month
Get the Allrecipes magazine

Braided Easter Egg Bread

Rated as 4.37 out of 5 Stars

"This decorative Easter bread has whole eggs baked into it! Do not cook the whole eggs, as they will bake at the same time that the bread does. The eggs can also be dyed for extra color."
Added to shopping list. Go to shopping list.


3 h servings 234
Original recipe yields 10 servings (1 1-pound loaf)


{{model.addEditText}} Print
  1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast; stir well. Combine milk and butter in a small saucepan; heat until milk is warm and butter is softened but not melted.
  2. Gradually add the milk and butter to the flour mixture; stirring constantly. Add two eggs and 1/2 cup flour; beat well. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
  3. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  4. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal size rounds; cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each round into a long roll about 36 inches long and 1 1/2 inches thick. Using the two long pieces of dough, form a loosely braided ring, leaving spaces for the five colored eggs. Seal the ends of the ring together and use your fingers to slide the eggs between the braids of dough.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place loaf on a buttered baking sheet and cover loosely with a damp towel. Place loaf in a warm place and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. Brush risen loaf with melted butter.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 234 calories; 8.7 30.1 8.5 144 322 Full nutrition

Explore more


Read all reviews 261
  1. 298 Ratings

    Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars
    Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars
    Rated as 3 out of 5 Stars
    Rated as 2 out of 5 Stars
    Rated as 1 out of 5 Stars
Most helpful positive review

I've alread reviewed this recipe, but I wanted to add something about preventing the color from bleeding. I dyed my eggs for hours to get a rich, dark color. Once they were done I rinsed them ...

Most helpful critical review

This looked very pretty and impressed our Easter guests. However, the bread never rose and it tasted horrible. Am I missing something? I thought you were supposed to mix yeast with warm water ...

Most helpful
Most positive
Least positive

I've alread reviewed this recipe, but I wanted to add something about preventing the color from bleeding. I dyed my eggs for hours to get a rich, dark color. Once they were done I rinsed them ...

I love how simple the ingrediants are for this recipe. I've made it several times, the first time I followed the directions exactly, it took all afternoon with all the rising, but it came out g...

This was a fun bread to make. The dough was easy to make in my mixer. I doubled the recipe and ended up with a wreath of braided bread. I put brown eggs in the wreath, and filled the center w...

I made this bread years ago - it was great and people are always impressed by how the colored eggs bake with the bread. I lost the recipe - it's so good to find it again.

This is the recipe I have been searching for. It tastes just like the Easter breads available in fine Italian bakeries in NYC. Very easy to prepare. The delicately sweet flavor and light fluffy ...

Wonderful! I made the dough in my bread machine to save time and effort and only put two eggs into the braid. I painted on the coloring so it didn't bleed into the bread too much. My mother-i...

Wow! this bread was easy and very tasty. The first one isn't cold yet and I'm already starting to make more. As others have stated mine only took about 25 minutes to bake to a perfect golden bro...

I made this bread for my daughters class and the kids oohed and ahhed over it. It was gobbled up in minutes. The presentation is beautiful. I only baked it for 25 minutes. Watch the time.

Great bread, flavorfull and lots of fun. Its great to serve at the table and surprise your guest! Fun and family friendly!