Aunt Jess Easter Egg Bread

Happy Easter Sunday ! Every Good Friday Aunt Jess makes this bread for our food table. So today I am sharing her recipe….

  • 1/2 C sygar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 6 C of AP flour
  • 1 1/2 C Milk
  • 6 Tablespoon butter
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 to 6 hard-boiled large eggs, unpeeled
  • food coloring
  • Canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • 1 large egg yolk

In a large bowl, mix sugar, yeast, cardamom, salt and 2 cups flour. In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Add 3 eggs; beat on high 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.. Meanwhile, dye hard-boiled eggs with food coloring following package directions. Let stand until completely dry.. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into thirds. Roll each portion into a 24-in. rope. Place ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid. Bring ends together to form a ring. Pinch ends to seal. Lightly coat dyed eggs with oil; arrange on braid, tucking them carefully between ropes.. Cover with a kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°.

In a bowl, whisk egg yolk and cream; gently brush over dough, avoiding eggs. Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Refrigerate leftovers

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