Easter Bread | Pika Chakula

Easter Bread

2013-03-15

Keep good things coming out of the kitchen all through Easter with this special occasion bread.

Ingredients:

  • 250g mixed dried fruit
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 2 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten with 1 tbs warm water
  • 125g unsalted butter, melted, cooled
  • 1 cup (150g) pure icing sugar, sifted

Dough

  • 7g sachet dried instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar, plus extra 3 tsp
  • 4 1/2 cups (675g) strong (bread) flour
  • 100ml pure (thin) cream
  • 50ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 80g unsalted butter, melted, cooled
  • 2 tbs olive oil

Method:

Place the fruit in a bowl with the orange juice and zest. Cover and set aside at room temperature overnight.

For the dough, combine yeast, 3 tsp caster sugar and 1/2 cup (125ml) warm water in a small bowl. Cover and stand for 20 minutes or until frothy. Sift flour into a large bowl, then add remaining 1/2 cup (110g) sugar and 1 tsp salt and stir to combine. In a separate bowl, beat cream, milk, eggs, butter and oil together to combine. Make a well in the flour, then add yeast and egg mixtures, stirring to combine. Knead a few times until mixture comes together, then transfer dough to a clean, lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a clean tea towel and stand in a warm place for 2 hours or until doubled in size. Knock the dough back and turn out onto a clean, lightly floured workbench, then knead for 10 minutes until you have a smooth dough. (Alternatively, place in an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook and knead for 6-8 minutes until smooth and elastic.)
Preheat the oven to 190°C. Grease and line the base and sides of a 24cm springform cake pan with baking paper.

Combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.
Divide the dough into 3 pieces and roll each piece into a 30cm x 20cm rectangle. Brush each piece with some melted butter, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and scatter over the soaked fruit. Roll up each loosely from the long end to form a log. Trim the ends, then cut each log into 6 equal rounds. Lay each round, cut-side up, on a work surface and flatten slightly with your hand. Arrange the slices in the cake pan in a circular pattern, leaving 1cm between each. Cover with a clean tea towel and stand in a warm place for a further 30 minutes until slightly risen.

Brush the tops with the egg yolk glaze, then bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden and cooked through. Cool slightly in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack.
Sift icing sugar into a bowl, then stir in 1-2 tbs warm water to form a loose icing. When the Easter bread is just warm, drizzle with the icing, allowing it to drip down the sides, and serve.

 

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by _marky_mark_ on Mar 16, 2013

    I am having my family over for easter brunch and I have no idea what to make!

  2. posted by mrankinmatt on Mar 18, 2013

    I am making Easter bread in the shape of a cross and was wondering if there is any tips you can give? Can I dabble honey on it before putting it into the oven with the Easter eggs?

  3. posted by Miguel M on Mar 21, 2013

    We’re having ham, garlic sausage, boiled eggs, paska and babka (Ukrainian Easter breads), creamed cottage cheese, green onions, beets and horseradish ‘relish’, along with potato salad and cabbage rolls! Cheesecake for dessert.
    Happy Easter to you all!

  4. posted by louisewoods1984 on Mar 21, 2013

    I always wondered what a bunny has to do with Jesus and how it connects with Easter.

  5. posted by diggn4richez on Mar 24, 2013

    I’m making Greek sweet bread and I wanted to know what the whole eggs placed in between the braids at the end of the recipe are used for and are they necessary. I’m not sure if its shape or flavor (hopefully not flavor) but I was hoping I didn’t have to use them at all.

  6. posted by HASTHEANSWERS on Mar 28, 2013

    i am looking for a sweet bread – that has the ingredient saffron and raisins within it. My grandmother made it long ago and there’s no one left in the family to retrieve the recipe……any help will do me good! thanks

  7. posted by happyha31 on Mar 28, 2013

    Easter is coming and im trying so hard to lose weight before i go back to school but i usually get so many nice easter eggs and my will power isn’t great besides my family would think there was something wrong with me because they think im normal weight.Also is this to much that iv eaten today? weetabix, noodles, Shepard’s pie,an apple and a cup of tea with one Sugar. Please read ! Thanks

  8. posted by Tyler H on Mar 28, 2013

    I’d like to invite my siblings and their kids and grandkids. What are some Easter traditions (beside egg hunts) do your families do? Do you cook or go out to dinner? If you cook, what are some ideas for Easter dinner?

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