Braided Easter Egg Bread


This Easter bread makes a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table. The braided dough is decorated with whole eggs that bake along with the bread. For extra color, you can dye the whole eggs before baking.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 55 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
1 1-pound loaf


  • 3 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 large eggs

  • 5 large whole eggs, dyed if desired

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Stir 1 cup flour, sugar, salt, and yeast together in a bowl until well combined.

  2. Heat milk and 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until milk is warm and butter is softened but not melted, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Gradually add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring constantly. Add 1/2 cup flour and two eggs; mix until well combined. Add remaining 1 1/2 cups flour in three batches, stirring well after each addition, until dough pulls together. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.

  4. Place dough into a lightly oiled bowl; turn to coat all sides. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

  5. Punch down dough, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half and gently form into rounds; cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

  6. Meanwhile, butter a baking sheet.

  7. Roll each dough round into a 36-inch-long roll about 1 1/2 inches thick. Twist dough loosely and form into a ring on the prepared baking sheet, leaving five spaces for eggs. Seal the ends of the ring together, and set whole eggs into the spaces in the dough. Cover loosely with a damp towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 45 minutes.

  8. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  9. Brush risen loaf with melted butter. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

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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