This Easter bread is delicious and very easy to make. This recipe makes three good size loaves. You can put this out as a snack with your appetizers, with dinner or even with dessert. They are also a great gift to bring on Easter. I’ve been making this Easter bread for years, it just wouldn’t be Easter without it.
7 Cups Flour
1/2 Lb Butter, soft
1 1/4 Cup Sugar
2 Packages Dry Yeast (Rapid Rise Instant Yeast)
1 Cup Warm Water
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 Cup Confectioners Sugar
In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the flour and butter together. When throughly combined, add the sugar.
Dissolve the yeast in 1 Cup of warm water. Add to the flour mixture. Add the eggs and vanilla. Continue mixing all the ingredients until a ball forms. This dough will be sticky.
Flour your work surface and kneed the dough adding small amounts of flour until a tight ball is formed.
Put the dough in a warm place until it has doubled in size. Return the dough to your work surface and kneed for a minute or two. You will see that now the dough is airy and much easier to work with.
Divide the ball of dough into three equal pieces. Shape one at a time into a long log, approximately 12 inches long by 4 inches wide (approximately) and put on a sheet pan.
Cut the dough into 3 pieces, leaving it connected at one end. Braid the pieces together and pinch the end so it looks the same at both ends.
Bake in a 350º oven for 35 minutes. Let cool on wire rack completely.
Once the bread is completely cooled, make a mixture of 1/2 cup confectioners sugar and 2 TBSP water. Brush the mixture on the bread and cover with the sprinkles.