This Easter is going to be extra special for our family. Not only is it my turn to cook, but we are having a larger crowd than normal as my granddaughter has chosen to be baptized. That means an extra special menu as well as before and after dinner finger foods to last the day as I am certain people will be coming in as they can and leaving as they must. A menu I can make over two days will be important as well as fitting the refrigerated foods into my ice box. That means taking my stock down to almost nothing to prepare for the day. I have chosen this bread to make since it is definitely Easter looking but won’t overshadow the celebration! I hope you like it and give it a try! What are you doing for the Holiday meal this year?
Easter Egg Bread Ring
- 4 1/2 to 5 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour divided
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 1/4 oz. packages quick-rising dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoons milk divided
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 stick Crisco® Baking Sticks Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening
- OR 1/3 cup Crisco® Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening
- 3 large eggs divided
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup chopped nuts or 1/2 cup golden raisins optional
- Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
- 6 hard-cooked large eggs shells dyed in a variety of colors, using Easter Egg kit
- 1/3 cup Pillsbury® Creamy Supreme® Vanilla Flavored Frosting optional
- 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice or water optional
- STIR 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, lemon peel, cinnamon and salt in large bowl. Microwave 3/4 cup milk, water and shortening in microwave-safe bowl on HIGH 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until very warm (120° to 130°F). (Shortening will not melt completely.) Gradually beat into flour mixture, using electric mixer on low speed. Add 2 eggs and vanilla. Beat an additional 2 minutes. Stir in just enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Knead in nuts or raisins, if desired. Loosely cover with plastic wrap coated with cooking spray. Let rest 10 minutes.
- COAT baking sheet with cooking spray. Divide dough in half. Roll each piece into a 30-inch rope on a lightly floured surface. Loosely twist the ropes together; transfer dough to prepared baking sheet, pinching ends together to create a circular ring. Coat the outside of a custard cup with cooking spray. Invert and place in center of ring to maintain circular hole in center during baking. Gently separate dough ropes in 6 areas to create spaces for dyed eggs. Arrange dyed eggs on dough and gently press down. Coat ring lightly with cooking spray. Loosely cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
- HEAT oven to 350°F. Whisk remaining egg and 1 tablespoon milk until frothy. Brush bread dough with egg mixture. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheet and cool until slightly warm on wire rack. Lift bread to remove custard cup.
To make optional glaze:
- COMBINE frosting and 2 teaspoons lemon juice or water in small bowl until smooth, adding additional juice or water to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over bread. Best served same day.