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Italian Braided Easter Bread recipe (Dessert)

3 cups flour
¼ cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 package rapid-rise dry yeast
2   eggs, beaten
2/3 cups warm milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon anise seed
½ cups candied fruit
¼ cups chopped nuts
5   raw colored eggs

Posted by Margo on Apr 7, 2009


Combine 1 cup of the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Add dry mixture to the milk and melted butter mixture, along with the eggs. Beat with a mixer for 2 minutes. Stir in enough of the remaining flour and the anise seed plus any of the candied fruit or nuts to make a soft dough. Knead for 8 to 10 minutes. Add flour as necessary so dough is not sticky. Let rise for about 1- 1 ½ hour or until double in size.

Divide dough in half. Roll each piece into 24" rope. Overlap dough over itself (twist 2 pieces together) connecting the 4 end pieces to form a wreath. place on greased baking sheet. Place the five raw colored eggs into spaces between twists. Brush with melted butter. Let rise for 1 hour. Bake at 350 for 35-50 minutes.

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