Easter Bread with Bunny Eggs

Want to make Easter Bread for your little bunnies?

It is not only festive and very delicious too. It makes a tasty and "bunny" presentation.

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

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Yield 1 loaf.

Ingredients:
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

Preparation:
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 dough down. Divide 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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