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Italian Traditional Easter Bread

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A great and Traditional Easter bread recipe can always liven up the Easter menu and the delectable spread on the table. Try this iced Easter bread recipe studded with candy bits. It looks and tastes every bit like a slice of paradise.
  Sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Dry yeast 1 Tablespoon
  Sugar 1 Tablespoon
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Not Too Hot)
  Eggs 4
  Anise 1 Teaspoon
  Zest of lemon 1 Teaspoon
  Oil 2 Tablespoon
  Sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Anise extract 1 Tablespoon (Pure)
  Lemon extract 1 Tablespoon
  Milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Melted butter 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Flour 4 Cup (64 tbs)

For recipe directions, please refer to the video.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Southern Italian
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Preparation Time: 
120 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
145 Minutes
If you were lucky enough to grow up in an Italian-American home, there's a good chance you got to enjoy the smell of freshly baked Easter bread, with its unmistakable anisette aroma filling the air. This loaf of Easter bread is one of my favorite holiday traditions, and an authentic family heirloom recipe. Made the same way as my mother, and her mother, and her mother's mother made it. I hope you give this a try, and remember, it's never too late to start an old family tradition.
Easter is a very underrated food holiday. There are very few foods that are associated with Easter. For the Italians it is the freshly baked Easter bread, with its unmistakable anisette aroma filling the air. This traditional glossy iced braid, bejeweled with candy sprinkles with a sweet, spicy, eggy, buttery taste is complex, but delicious and comforting. Watch this video to see Chef John make an authentic Italian loaf of Easter bread, a family heirloom recipe!

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 917 Calories from Fat 356

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 40 g62.2%

Saturated Fat 21.2 g106.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 222.2 mg74.1%

Sodium 399.4 mg16.6%

Total Carbohydrates 122 g40.6%

Dietary Fiber 3 g11.9%

Sugars 55.9 g

Protein 16 g31%

Vitamin A 22.1% Vitamin C 2.1%

Calcium 9% Iron 29.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


ifoodiee's picture
I can almost smell them here. I think it is the German Easter Breads that have colored boiled eggs in the middle. I think this Easter bread will taste better alone. They really look yummy chef.
shantihhh's picture
Also Greek Easter Bread has red hard boiled eggs in them! Shanti/Mary-Anne
lunalovefood's picture
I tried this Easter bread and yeah! it did come out perfect and yummy! thanks for sharing the recipe chef :)
veg.foodie's picture
It looks soooo good. I never made a bread with icing.. will definitely try this, minus the eggs of course! I'm a veggie :)
perceptiveeye's picture
Chef, your Easter Bread seems very yummy. I tried it yesterday and yeah, its perfect. The icing concept was something new to me. Thanks for the recipe!
Italian Traditional Easter Bread Recipe Video