Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Anise Easter Bread

Using your bread machine to make this Easter bread takes all of the hard work out of it! Decorated with bright colored eggs, this bread makes a beautiful table centerpiece for your Easter gatherings.

What You Do

Add all ingredients to your bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Choose sweet bread dough cycle, then Start.

Dye uncooked eggs. Make sure to use a natural, edible dye because the dye does seep into the bread. Do not use cooked eggs because the eggs will cook while the bread is baking.

Once the cycle is completed, roll the dough out into a long rope. Starting 1 inch from the left end of the rope cut the dough horizontally into 3 strips. (Bread dough is lying across from left to right.) Braid dough and shape into a circle. Place on large greased cookie sheet. Let rise 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Once dough has risen, stick the dyed eggs randomly into the bread dough. Bake about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Ice with Anise flavored powdered sugar icing below.

Anise Powdered Sugar Icing

2 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
2 tsp. anise flavoring

Stir until smooth. Drizzle over Easter bread.

Enjoy hot out of the oven! For a different twist, toast lightly for a sweet breakfast treat. Leftovers should be wrapped up and refrigerated.


Niki Jolene said...

I have never ever made Easter bread before but have always wanted to. How do the eggs taste? Like a regular hard boiled egg or different?

Tami said...

Hi Niki!

They were hard boiled. I loved the anise flavoring of the bread. :)

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