Tried my hand at this Easter Egg bread this week.
Even though it involves kneading and rising and kneading and rising, I think it’s worth making again for special occasions.
(By the way, notice the old cutting board? It belonged to my mother in law. She made many-a-biscuits on this board.
My daughter asked, “You’re not going to really use that, are you?”
Me: “Of course I am!”
Daughter: “Don’t you think it has germs from all those years!”
Me: “You watch too much Dr. Oz.”)
On a side note from the bread making,
you can see how to make this tag and others.
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It makes sweet little Easter gifts for hostesses, neighbors, or whoever!
You can also make a large ring for Easter dinner.
- Scald milk; add sugar, salt, shortening, and lemon peel. Cool to lukewarm.
- Sprinkle yeast on warm water; stir to dissolve. Add to milk mixture with the 2 eggs, slightly beaten, and 2 1/2 cups of flour. Beat until smooth.
- stir in enough remaining flour, a little at a time, to form a dough that is easy to handle. Turn onto lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, 5 to 8 minutes. Place in lightly greased bowl; turn dough over to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place free from drafts until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Punch down; cover and let rise again until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.
- Makes 2 large braided rings or 12 individual rings.
For 2 Large Rings:
Divide dough into 4 parts. Form each part into a 36” rope. On a greased baking sheet, shape 2 of the ropes into a very loosely braided ring. Repeat with other 2 ropes of dough for second ring.
For Individual rings:
Divide dough into 12 parts. Form each part into a ring.
- Cover; let rise until doubled. (About 30 minutes)
- Brush evenly with beaten egg. Sprinkle with tiny decorating candies.
- Bake in moderate oven (375 degrees) 15 minutes for individual rings and 20 minutes for large rings, or until lightly browned. Serve warm.
A boiled, colored egg nestled in the individual rings makes a sweet presentation.
Freeze ahead to avoid hectic holidays.
Let your dough rise in the laundry room while your clothes are drying. I know it sounds crazy, but it works.
I am sharing this recipe with other yummy treats at Gollum’s Foodie Friday.