Braided Easter Egg Bread

By N F C · Mar 25, 2017 · ·
  1. N F C

    2 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour (divided)
    1/4 Cup sugar
    1 tsp. salt
    1 package dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp.)
    2/3 Cup milk
    2 Tab. butter
    2 eggs (for bread dough)
    5 eggs (for decoration, colored if desired)
    2 Tab. butter, melted for brushing dough

    Cooking Instructions:

    Color eggs, if desired:

    Assemble ingredients

    In large bowl, combine 1 Cup of flour, the sugar, salt and yeast; stir well.

    Combine milk and 2 Tab. butter in small sauce pan; heat until milk is warm and butter softened.
    Gradually add the milk and butter to the flour mixture, stirring well.

    Add 2 eggs and 1/2 Cup flour; beat well.

    Add remaining flour 1/2 Cup at a time, stir well after each addition.
    When dough has pulled together, turn onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.

    Lightly oil large bowl, place dough in bowl and turn to coat with the oil.

    Cover with damp cloth and let rise in warm spot until double in size, about 1 hour.

    Deflate dough and turn out on floured surface.
    Divide dough into 2 equal size rounds; cover and let rest 10 minutes.
    Roll each round into a roll about 36" long and 1 1/2 " thick.
    Form a loose braided ring. Seal ends together and place on parchment covered baking sheet.

    Slide the 5 raw eggs deeply between the braids.

    Cover the braid with a damp towel.
    Preheat oven to 350*.
    Let the braid rise until double, about 45 minutes.
    Brush with melted 2 Tab. butter.

    Bake the braid for 25-35 minutes.

    Decorate as desired!

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  1. casportpony
    Great article!
  2. mustangrooster
    Ooooo it looks very pleasing! Great job
  3. chicken4prez
    Great idea!!!! I should try this! ;-)
  4. N F C
    Thank you guys! Give it a shot Blooie, other than taking a bit of time, it wasn't really hard (and you don't have to pre-cook the eggs, lol).
  5. Blooie
    That is fantastic! And look - I don't have to precook and peel the eggs! Even I can't mess this up!
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  7. penny1960
    how very festive great idea there and easy even for one like me

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