Italian Easter Bread Recipe

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Servings: 1 Bread.


  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup warm milk (120° to 130°)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 7 eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed candied fruit
  • 1/4 cup chopped blanched almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon aniseed
  • Oil


  1. In a 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 aniseed; mix well.
  5. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  6. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes.
  7. Place in a greased bowl; turn once to grease top.
  8. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  9. If desired, dye remaining eggs (leave them uncooked);
  10. lightly rub with oil.
  11. Punch dough down. Divide in half; roll each piece into a 24-in. rope.
  12. Loosely twist ropes and tuck eggs into openings.
  13. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  14. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
  15. Remove from pan; cool on a wire rack.


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  • Lauren CoffeeMuffins
    Wow I love having eggs in the bread - so unusual, and perfect for Easter. Love the brightly coloured shells! Could you eat the eggs, after they have been cooked in the bread that way? Or are they just for decoration?
    • Claudia lamascolo
      Very nice Easter bread so festive looking!
      • Marlene Schmelter
        OMG!! My mom used to make this every Easter for us and her grandkids!! She never had a recipe for it.
        Now, I can pick up where she left off!! My grandkids will love these. Thanks for posting this!! I do have one question it says in the recipes to add uncooked eggs on top. So do they cook while the bread cooks. When we had them they seem to be hard-boiled first. Thanks for any response.
        • GinaCucina
          Marlene, you leave the eggs raw. They will cook in the oven. My grandmother used to make this, and then I picked up the tradition when I had my own family. But I haven't made it in a long time. This is a good excuse.
          I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
          • donald kappes
            when I was little my ma make this bread,never had the recipe thanks to you I can make it. Carmella kappes
            I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


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