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Easter Recipe

Italian Easter Bread

Servings: 1 loaf


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pkg. active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup warm milk (120-130°F)
  • 2 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 7 eggs
  • 1/2 cup mixed candied fruit, chopped
  • 1/4 cup blanched almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. anise seed
  • Vegetable oil

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
  2. Add milk and butter; beat 2 minutes on medium.
  3. Add 2 eggs and 1/2 cup flour; beat 2 minutes on high.
  4. Stir in fruit, nuts and anise seed; mix well.
  5. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  6. Turn onto a lightly floured board; knead until smooth, 6-8 minutes.
  7. Place in a greased bowl; turn once. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled; about 1 hour.
  8. If desired, dye remaining eggs (Leave the uncooked); lightly rub with oil.
  9. Punch dough down. Divide in half; roll each piece into a 24 rope.
  10. Loosely twist ropes together; place on a greased baking sheet and form into a ring. Pinch ends together.
  11. Gently split ropes and tuck eggs into openings. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  12. Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Remove from pan; cool on a wire rack.

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