Easter Bread with Coloured Eggs

    This simple, colourful Italian Easter bread is a real favourite and is prepared by families across Italy in the days leading up to Holy Week.


    Essex, England, UK
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    • 3 tsps of dry yeast
    • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
    • 1 cup hot milk
    • 1/2 cup plain flour
    • 1 tbsps lemon juice
    • 6 tbsps butter, melted and cooled
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 4 eggs
    • 4 painted eggs for decoration
    • A beaten egg with water
    • Almond flakes


    1. For the dough: Dissolve the dry yeast in warm milk and stir for 5 minutes
    2. Gradually add the eggs, flour, sugar and other ingredients and beat well.
    3. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand until smooth and elastic. (You can of course also use a food processor with a dough hook).
    4. Place the dough in a greased bowl and turn it over once to coat the top.
    5. Cover with a damp tea towel and allow the dough to rise in a warm place, for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
    6. Sprinkle the work surface with flour and knead the dough again.
    7. Divide into 3 balls.

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