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Traditional italian easter bread with baked eggs is a delicious soft sweet bread and the baked egg is a real treat.

Sweet Easter Bread

  • Total Time: 80


A classic Italian Easter bread with embedded eggs in a twisted or braided dough. It’s a bit sweet and has a wonderful brioche-like texture.


  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 3 1/24 cups all purpose flour
  • 6 eggs for embedding in dough
  • 1 egg +1 teaspoon water for eggwash


  1. In a small pot warm milk and butter until butter is melted. You do not want the milk hot.
  2. Combine yeast, salt, 2 beaten eggs, and sugar.
  3. Add the warm milk and butter mixture.
  4. Add half the flour and knead or beat with a dough hook until smooth.
  5. Add remaining flour slowly until the dough does not stick to your hands anymore.
  6. Cover and let rise until doubled in size.
  7. Punch air out and divide into 12 pieces for individual breads or 6 for larger breads.
  8. Roll the pieces into roughly 13-14 inch ropes.
  9. Twist to form a braid, bring ends together and pinch to make a ring.
  10. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper and let rise again until doubled.
  11. Brush dough with eggwash.
  12. Place a raw egg in the middle of each ring or embed them in the braid twists.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees F until lightly browned on top.


  • You can dye the eggs or decorate them as Easter eggs (be sure to use food-safe dyes)
  • Add sprinkle sugar or colored sprinkles on the bread
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 20
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