Italian Easter Bread

by Kate on April 12, 2014

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Only recently I discovered Italian Easter Bread. A girlfriend of mine and I were talking about family traditions. Being Italian she told me all about a slight sweet, brioche-type bread braided with colorful eggs nestled inside, just peeking out like eggs hidden for Easter. Her grandmother used to make it each year for the holiday. Well, color me surprised when the next time we worked together that Italian Easter bread made an appearance at work. She made it for everyone to try and I was hooked.

The gorgeous braid is golden outside and fluffy inside with just a kiss of lemon zest. The colorful eggs symbolize fertility and rebirth. Having now tasted this intriguing bread I knew I had to make it in my own kitchen. My girls love to dye eggs so they were thrilled with their roll in helping me with this particular baking project. Letting the eggs sit for a really long time gave them the brilliant colors we were looking for.

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Once the loaf emerged, it was difficult to wait for it to cool. We couldn’t wait to try a slice. Surprisingly, the girls first at all the eggs! Once devoured, we sampled the bread and it was a success. We aren’t Italian but I could see this beautiful bread becoming an Easter tradition. You can read more about this Italian Easter Bread Recipe over on Food Fanatic today!

Enjoy!

~K

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suzanne April 12, 2014 at 8:08 am

Had this every Easter growing up, an Italian staple on Easter, your bread is beautiful. Brings back memories!

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Anna (Hidden Ponies) April 12, 2014 at 11:14 pm

I’ve never heard of this, what a fantastic tradition to adopt!

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Melissa April 15, 2014 at 8:12 am

I’ve never had Italian Easter bread but this looks delicious! I’m sure this was fun for the kids too! Looks great

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Kate April 15, 2014 at 10:40 am

Thanks Melissa! It really was fun to make with them and so festive for Easter!

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laurasmess April 17, 2014 at 5:26 am

This is beautiful! I’ve seen photos of Italian easter bread before but I’ve never thought to actually make one (for some reason I thought that they were more ornamental than for actual consumption; not sure why that is? The lovely decorations?). I would’ve eaten half the loaf, with that gorgeous crumb!! xx

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Kate April 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Thank you! It really was such a good loaf of bread. Not overly sweet, just a hint of lemon. Wonderful!

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