Easter-Bread with Bunny Eggs

Want to make Easter-Bread with Bunny Eggs for your little bunnies? In Norwegian that is Påskebrod. Norwegians have a lot of traditional foods to offer, especially for Christmas and Easter. Below you will find one of my favorite breads that was very popular in our home growing up in Norway.

This easter-bread is not only festive and very delicious and fun too. It makes a tasty and "bunny" presentation.

As I mentioned, Norwegians like to make special foods for various occasions, and Easter (påske in Norwegian) is no exception.

Recipe for Easter-Bread with Bunny Eggs recipe here
Yield 1 loaf.

2 envelope active dry yeast
1 cup lukewarm milk
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick butter)
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon rind graded
3/4 teaspoon anise seeds (can be omitted)
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup scalded milk

4 eggs beaten
6 cups flour
3/4 cup currants or raisins
5 hard boiled eggs, tinted with food color

In a small bowl add yeast to ¼ cup lukewarm water. And 1 teaspoon sugar.

In a large bowl combine softened butter(cut into bits), 2/3 cup sugar, lemon rind, anise seeds, and salt. Add scalded milk, while still hot, stir well.

Cool mixture to lukewarm. Add yeast mixture. Add 4 eggs and 2 cups flour. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed 2 minutes.

By hand, mix in 2-1/2 cups flour and currants. The dough should be soft and slightly sticky.

Turn onto a well-floured board and knead in 1-1/2 cups flour. Knead for 10 minutes or until dough is smooth and satiny. Form into a ball and place into a greased bowl. Turn dough in the bowl and butter the top. Cover with a damp, sanitized dish towel. Let dough rise in warm place 1-1/2 hour or until double in size.

Punch the dough down on the baking surface. Divide it into 3 equal pieces and shape each into a 20-inch rope. Braid the 3 ropes and press the ends together. Place onto a greased baking sheet. Press in 5 colored, hard-boiled, eggs.

Brush with melted butter and cover. Let rise in a warm place until double in size.

Bake in a preheated oven at 325°F for 45-50 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool on a cake rack.

All big and small bunnies in your family will be pleased Easter morning when they find this delicious, homemade Easter- Bread with colorful Bunny Eggs on top.

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