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Easter Crown Bread


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Ingredients:

  • 3 c All-purpose flour; (divided use) (up to 3-1/2)
  • 1/4 c Granulated sugar
  • 1 pk Active dry yeast
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 2/3 c Warm milk
  • 2 tb Softened butter or margarine
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 c Chopped mixed candied fruit
  • 1/4 c Chopped blanched almonds
  • 1/2 ts Aniseed
  • 5 Uncooked eggs
  • Non-toxic egg coloring
  • Vegetable oil

Directions:

To decorate this pretty Easter crown, you will need 5 colored eggs but they must be UNCOOKED. Be sure to use non-toxic dyes as you color them.
 
In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Add the milk and butter and beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes on medium. Add the eggs and 1/2 cup flour and beat on high for 2 minutes.
 
Stir in the fruit, nuts, and aniseed, mixing well. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (about 6 to 8 minutes). Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
 
Meanwhile, color 5 eggs (leave them uncooked) with non-toxic dyes. When dry, lightly rub them with vegetable oil.
 
Punch down the risen dough. Divide in half. Roll each half into a 24-inch rope. On a greased baking sheet, loosely twist the two ropes together. Form into a ring and pinch the ends together. Gently split the ropes and tuck the 5 colored uncooked eggs into the openings. Cover and let rise again until doubled (about 30 minutes). Bake in a 350-degree F. oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a golden brown. Remove from the baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.
 
Posted to recipelu-digest by LSHW <shusky@erols.com> on Mar 23, 1998