Easter Bread

Easter is just about here. One of the things that was always available in our house on Easter is Easter Bread or babka.  Below is a recipe for Easter Bread.  This sweet dough bread is delicious served with sweet butter.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups scalded milk
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup + 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cups + 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 large beaten eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white raisins
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water

Preparation

  • Cool scalded milk to 110 degrees. Place in a large bowl or stand mixer. Add yeast, 1/4 cup sugar and 3 cups flour. Mix well. Cover and let rise until light and bubbly.
  • Add eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, salt, raisins and butter to yeast mixture, mixing well. Add remaining 3 1/2 cups flour and knead until a smooth dough forms. Turn out into a greased bowl. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise until doubled.
  • Punch down dough. Shape into 2 loaves and place in large loaf pans. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise until doubled. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Brush with 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 1/2 tablespoons water. Bake 50 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 190 degrees. Turn out onto wire rack to cool completely.

 

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Rising time: 3 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 2 (9×5-inch) loaves

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