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Picture of Italian Braided Easter Bread
Every Easter my mother would make this bread, and today I'm passing it along to you.
Traditionally this bread was made on Holy Thursday.

Step 1: Ingredients

Picture of Ingredients
Bread
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon yeast
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 eggs, beaten
4-5 raw eggs, dyed if desired

Glaze
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
 
acuchetto1 year ago
My grandmother used to make small loaves for each family member on Easter. Hers had raisins and anise, but no colored eggs like yours. She was from Rome, but came to the states at 16. She called it "cha cha bread".
CocoCinelle3 years ago
I think that to save on the eggs (hard cooked eggs on a sweet bun have no additional value taste wise), you could also just empty your egg shells by making a hole at both ends of the eggs: http://www.ehow.com/how_15776_hollow-egg.html

then colour it, and then you can use the eggs for your pastry in an efficient way.

I'll definitely do it this year for easter!!
The eggs aren't there for mere decoration. It's part of the traditional recipe. You might as well substitute plaster for the flour used in the dough.
jstorm14 years ago
erm, your easter bread is Jewish challah. were your relatives cryptojews?
No way man, I'm Italian and my mom and both my grandmothers make this every easter.
Don't be so offended.
Jewish is a religion, not a nationality
There are several Jewish Italians

All can enjoy a good bread.
lol I'm not offended
Well, it's still totally challah whether you make it on Christmas or Easter. lol.
its got a different texture, and its more flaky like a pastry
csadelman4 years ago
The colored eggs, are they raw eggs in shell and nestled between bread dough before you bake it in the oven? or are they already hard boiled before baking? Thanks.
target022 (author)  csadelman4 years ago
Yes, they are raw in the dough before you bake it.
i see. So it will not explode when baking? I had a very bad experience when I microwaved a raw egg, it just exploded in there and made a HUGE mess.
target022 (author)  csadelman4 years ago
Nope, it will not explode. A microwave will definitely explode an egg.
copilarim4 years ago
i'm curious:D the colours are very nice and vivid, are they just paint for the eggs, or food colours?:)
target022 (author)  copilarim4 years ago
They are just the standard Easter eye dyes, Paas brand. I let them sit in the dye longer to get good and dark.
Thanks! I was asking because the colours reminded me of some candies we used to receive when we were little. :D
junits154 years ago
I'm surprised how many have not heard of this! For anybody that doesn't know, it doesn't have to be braided its more commonly found shaped like a giant jelly roll thats been looped into a small tire-shape. They don't always have eggs but it makes em look cooler IMO. Nice job on this BTW, outside of my family I've never seen anybody else make one with the eggs. :)
vavud junits154 years ago
I've heard of it. My grandmother used to make it every Easter. I wish she was still around!
baba874 years ago
The show "Cake Boss' is Italian and I've seen them make something similar. just a round shape tho (maybe in order to make a bunch at a time)
icsnerdics4 years ago
i'm italian and i've never seen anything like that.
i'm quite sure it's not a typical italian dish, it looks like a tsoureki, a typical greek dish.
target022 (author)  icsnerdics4 years ago
Have you heard of Panettone? It's a similar type of sweet bread. And you're right, it's similar to the Greek Tsoureki.

Italian Easter Bread