The Italian Easter egg bread holds a special place in the Italian Easter cuisine. Find out how you can treat yourselves with this delight whether you celebrate Easter or not.
The Italian Easter egg bread has a long history behind it as it has come a long way since it first become popular amongst Italians many years ago. The Italians love to celebrate their holidays with food and Easter is one of the most special events of the year. Over the years the Italians have developed a formalized Easter Sunday cuisine that has crossed borders and won many hearts all around the world. The improvements in means of mass communication have given people easy access to these recipes and hence the world has developed a taste for Italian food. The Italian Easter egg bread is one of the most popular items on the Easter menu.
Making Italian Easter egg bread
You will need all the basic ingredients that are essential in the bread making process. This includes all-purpose flour, sugar, dry yeast, milk, salt, butter, eggs, and vegetable oil, water and ground cardamom. Looking at the list of ingredients you may be thinking that the bread is going to turn out to be just like ordinary bread that you get from the bakery. Little do you know that the secret ingredient to the Italian Easter egg bread is how you make it and that is what makes all the difference!
You will start off by pouring two cups of flour in a bowl and mixing it with some sugar, cardamom, salt and yeast. While meanwhile you heat some milk and butter in a saucepan to about 120 degrees. When the desired temperature has been achieved you will add the milk and butter to the contents in the bowl. You will be required to beat the mixture until it is properly moistened. Now is the time to add eggs. You will add three eggs and beat them until they are smooth. Furthermore you will add the remaining flour and form some soft dough out of the contents of the bowl.
Next up you will take out the dough and place it on a lightly floured surface. Now you will be required to knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic. This process should take around ten minutes max. Now place the dough in a greased bowl and turn it around to grease the top as well. After this you should cover the contents and leave it to rise in a warm place for about three quarters of an hour. In this time period the dough should have doubled. Next up you will be required to take the contents out and braid them together to form the bread to which you will tuck in the dyed eggs. Wait for twenty minutes to let it double and stick in a preheated oven at 375 degrees and you should have your Italian Easter egg bread ready in half an hour.