Plaited Easter egg bread

    3 hours 40 min

    Impress friends and family with this show-stopper for Easter. This recipe places whole raw eggs into the plait before baking, so that the bread and the eggs cook together.The eggs can also be dyed for extra colour.

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    Serves: 10 

    • 310g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 50g caster sugar
    • 1 (7g) sachet active dried yeast
    • 160ml milk
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 5 whole eggs, dyed if desired
    • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Extra time:2hr proofing  ›  Ready in:3hr40min 

    1. In a large bowl, combine 125g flour, sugar, salt and yeast; stir well. Combine milk and butter in a small saucepan; heat until milk is warm and butter is softened but not melted.
    2. Gradually add the milk and butter to the flour mixture; stirring constantly. Add two eggs and 60g flour; beat well. Add the remaining flour, 60g at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
    3. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
    4. Knock back the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal size rounds; cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each round into a long roll about 90cm long and 4cm thick. Using the two long pieces of dough, form a loosely plaited ring, leaving spaces for the five coloured eggs. Seal the ends of the ring together and use your fingers to slide the eggs between the plaits of dough.
    5. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    6. Place loaf on a greased baking tray and cover loosely with a damp towel. Place loaf in a warm place and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Brush with melted butter.
    7. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the oven and serve warm or allow to cool before enjoying.


    Plaited Easter egg bread
    Plaited Easter egg bread

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    I've alread reviewed this recipe, but I wanted to add something about preventing the color from bleeding. I dyed my eggs for hours to get a rich, dark color. Once they were done I rinsed them in water and dried them very well. When I inserted them into the ring I tried to put them in as deep as possible. Hopefully this helps! Original Review: Beautiful bread! I had to add a little more flour when kneading and shortened the baking time! Perfect!! I made one yesterday for Easter, but my family ate it up so I had to bake another today and it came out even better. Put on sprinkles for added color.  -  15 Apr 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I love how simple the ingrediants are for this recipe. I've made it several times, the first time I followed the directions exactly, it took all afternoon with all the rising, but it came out great. Since then, i have just thrown everything in my bread machine and placing it on the dough setting, then when finished, i roll out the dough and braid it, let it rise and bake. It's a lot easier for me and still tastes great!  -  08 Jun 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was a fun bread to make. The dough was easy to make in my mixer. I doubled the recipe and ended up with a wreath of braided bread. I put brown eggs in the wreath, and filled the center with our dyed easter eggs. It made a beautiful centerpiece for Easter. The bread was good, and I peeled the eggs and they were cooked through. I used eggs straight from the fridge and they were not noticibly warm after the loaf rose. However, the finished loaf should probably be refrigerated for storage if you plan on eating the eggs.  -  29 Mar 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)