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Easter Bread

March 14, 2013

I got a bread baking book with this recipe when Peter was two years old. I’ve made it nearly every Easter since then.

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½ cup milk

¼ cup sugar

¼ cup shortening

3 cups of all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg slightly beaten

1 pkg. Of active dry yeast

shredded sweetened coconut

green food coloring

confectioners icing (recipe below)

Candy decorations

Soften yeast in ¼ cup warm water (110 degrees).

Heat milk, sugar, shortening and 1 teaspoon salt till sugar dissolves; cool to lukewarm.  Stir in one cup of the flour; beat smooth.  Add softened yeast and egg; beat well.  Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.  Knead on lightly floured surface till smooth and elastic (8-10 minutes).  Place in a greased bowl; turn once.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled (about an hour).  Punch dough down, devide into thirds, cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

Shape 1/3 of dough into 6 “eggs”; place close together in center of greased baking sheet.  For “nest”, shape remaining dough into two 26’” robes; twist together.  Coil around eggs, seal ends.  Cover with damp cloth (not terrycloth) and let rise until doubled.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.  Remove from sheet; cool.  Tint coconut green.  Frost cake with icing and sprinkle nest with coconut. Decorate eggs with candies.  Makes 1.


Combine 1 cup of powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon vanilla and enough milk to make a drizzling consistency.