Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter Bread Ideas (#2)

Sue here today.
Jo and I thought we should try and finish up our Easter posts this week so I am sharing my Easter Egg Bread and Bunny Bread.
It is the same recipe, which can be easily adapted to suit your tastes.
I made everyone that came for Easter dinner an egg bread for a place setting. They looked really cute on the table.
I believe Easter bread is traditionally a sweet bread but I have gone with a savory spin instead.
You can visit HERE for our Easter bread ideas from last year!
Easter Bread Recipe
3/4 cup very warm water
1 pkg rapid rise yeast yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp seasoning salt
1 tsp Mrs. Dash
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp garlic butter
1/2 cup milk
3 - 4 cups flour
6 eggs (for centers)
In a large bowl, add warm water and stir in yeast. Stir in salt, seasoning salt, Mrs. Dash, sugar, garlic butter, and milk.
Mix in 2 cups of the flour to form a soft dough. Add in enough flour that you can knead the dough without it sticking too bad.
Knead until smooth.
Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel and place in a warm place to rise for 45 minutes.
Punch down dough. Divide into 12 equal amounts Roll into ropes approx 14 inches long. "Braid" 2 ropes together. Pinch ends together to form a circle. Line a cookie tray with parchment paper. Place dough circles onto cookie sheet. (You will have 6 circles)
Cover and let rise for another 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375.
Place an uncooked egg into the center of the circle.
Brush the egg with a little oil.
Bake for approx 25 minutes, until bread is nicely browned. (The egg will bake as the bread bakes so there is no need to pre-boil the egg.) If you want to make this with dyed eggs - simply dye the egg uncooked!
With a simple twist and a little ball of dough, you can also shape the bread into bunny shapes....
These were perfect for the Easter bake sale we baked for.
I believe I got 12 bunnies from a batch of dough.
I have to say I normally have a lot of trouble with bread but this recipe seemed to work really well. I made about 4 - 5 different batches and they all turned out.
*knock on wood*
I think next time I will try a sweet version just to compare.
And...don't forget to check out Jo's Hot Cross Bun recipe too!
Be sure to stop by My Turn (for us) for some fun links!


  1. How would you make a sweet Easter Bread?

    1. Here is a recipe we use for sweet yeast bread - http://joandsue.blogspot.ca/2012/05/cinnamon-sugar-pull-apart-loaf-and.html . It's a Portuguese Sweet Bread (Pao Doce)