Braided Easter Egg Bread

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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.

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Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
Servings:
10
Yield:
1 1-pound loaf

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, divided

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • cup milk

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 5 whole eggs, dyed if desired

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  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.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

234 Calories
9g Fat
30g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 234
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 144mg 48%
Sodium 322mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 9g
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 120mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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