Individual Italian Easter Breads #SpringSweetsWeek

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Individual Italian Easter Breads are adorable little twisted bread rings, baked with a dyed Easter egg in the center and coated with a sweet glaze and sprinkles.

Welcome to #SpringSweetsWeek 2019 hosted by Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures! What better way to celebrate the coming of spring than with food and a fun giveaway? 30 bloggers from around the country have come together to share over 100 sweet recipes perfect for spring!  Get ready to ditch your hats, coats, and snow boots and get ready for some delicious sweet treats like cupcakes, cookies, sweet breads, and cocktails!

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Prize #7:  Adams Extract is giving one winner four of their amazing extracts and a set of their food colors.   The extracts include Pure Almond Extract, Pure Vanilla Extract, and Pure Lemon Extract.  The winner will also receive Adams Best Twice as Strong Vanilla which is awesome to bake with.

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Prize #8:  Sprinkle Pop is giving one winner six fabulous sprinkle mixes from their Easter collection!   The sprinkle mixes include Hangin’ with my Peeps, Bewitched, Signature, Green Tea, Cottontail Confetti, and Egg Hunt.  These fun sprinkles are a great addition to any spring or Easter baked goods.

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I am so excited to be participating in this event! I love spring and I’m so happy that it is finally here! I’m also super excited to be hosting Easter this year and participating in this event has given me the chance to try out so many new recipes that I think I’m going to end up serving on Easter too.

Tom’s grandmother used to make this iconic Easter bread. It used something like 10 pounds of flour and practically required a kitchen trash can to mix all of the dough, but out came these beautiful, delicious loaves of bread. Now, she stopped making it before Tom and I got together, but we were able to get the recipe from her and try to recreate it. Except, his grandmother likes to leave things out. I personally think she sabotages the recipe just a little bit so no one will ever be able to make it as good as she does. Which cracks me up. Anyway, Tom has gotten pretty close and has plans to take over my entire kitchen soon and keep churning out more versions of the recipe to try.

While he can have fun with that, I decided to make these adorably cute individual Italian Easter breads. I like my desserts coming in pre-portioned sizes and the sweet glaze and spring-colored sprinkles on top of these braided bread rings is just too adorable to pass up!


Individual Italian Easter Breads

Individual Italian Easter Breads are adorable little twisted bread rings, baked with a dyed Easter egg in the center and coated with a sweet glaze and sprinkles.

  • Author: NicholeL
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 55 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking


For the Bread:

  • 33 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar + 1 pinch (such as Dixie Crystals)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup warm milk (110 degrees)
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry active yeast
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

For the Eggs:

  • 6 raw eggs
  • 1 package Easter egg dye

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • sprinkles


For the Bread:

  1. Combine 3 cups of flour, 1/4 cup of sugar and salt together in the bowl of your stand mixer. Make a well in the center.
  2. In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm milk and add the pinch of sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. After the yeast is foamy, pour it into the center of the flour. Add the melted butter and beaten eggs. Attach the dough hook and mix on low speed until a soft dough forms. The dough should be tacky, but not sticky. Add additional flour if it is too sticky.
  4. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 1-2 minutes more.
  5. Grease a bowl and place the dough in it, turning it over once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm area until it doubles in size, about 1 hour. (When the bread is rising, prepare the dyed eggs)
  6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface again. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces.
  7. Roll each piece out into a 8-10 inch long rope. Pinch the ends of two ropes together and twist over each other like, a braid, then twist the opposite ends together and pinch to seal. This will create a ring-like shape where the egg can sit in the center.
  8. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and repeat with the remaining dough until you have 6 of them.
  9. Place the dyed eggs inside of each hole and allow to rise again for 1 hour.
  10. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.

For the Dyed Eggs:

  1. Follow the directions on the dye package, mixing the tablets into the water and adding vinegar.
  2. Carefully dip the eggs into the dye and let sit for 10-15 minutes each for a dark color.
  3. Transfer the eggs to a drying rack to let dye dry completely.

For the Glaze:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until it reaches drizzling consistency.
  2. Drizzle the glaze over the bread and add sprinkles.

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I know that not hard-boiling the eggs before putting them in the dye can make people nervous, but you just need to very carefully lift the egg in and out of the dye and you won’t have any problems. I’m not sure why mine ended up with a speckled and crackled effect on them; it wasn’t something that I planned on. But I just love the character it adds to them!

While this is a little time consuming, you’ll want to make this recipe within 1-2 days of serving as the bread can tend to get a little dense if it sits longer than that.


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  1. I love that everyone gets their own treat!

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