• Kanning Kathy

Braided Easter Bread


Ingredients


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp. salt

1 (25 ounce) package of active dry yeast

2/3 cup milk

2 tbsp. butter

2 eggs

5 whole eggs (uncooked) and dyed if desired

2 tbsp. butter, melted



Directions


Pour 1 cup of the flour in a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar, salt and yeast and stir well.


In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk and butter. This should only take a minute or two as the butter should be softened but not melted.


Slowly add the warm milk and butter to the flour mixture; stirring constantly. Add the remaining flour and the two non-colored eggs. Mix well until the dough has pulled together and away from the sides of the bowl.


Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth; about 7 minutes.


Lightly spray a large bowl with non-stick cooking spray and place the dough in the bowl. Give the dough a light spray to ensure all sides are coated. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place for about an hour. The dough should double in size.


Once the dough has properly risen, place it on a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal parts. Cover and let it rest for 10 minutes.


Roll each dough half into a log measuring roughly 1.5 inches thick by 3 feet long. With the two logs, form a loosely braided ring.


*Optional: Slide 5 colored eggs between the braids of dough.


Pinch the ends of the ring together


Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or lightly coat with melted butter. Place the ring on the sheet and cover loosely with a damp towel. Set aside in a warm place and let it rise until doubled in size; about 45 minutes.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees, brush the ring with melted butter and bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown. Do not worry; the colored eggs will cook as the bread does.