Bread for the Holiday Weekend

April 9th

Easter sweet bread

The beauty of baking

Easter Sweet Bread

Easter Sweet Bread

April Domestic Bliss 2009 010

Recycled Packaging

Easter Sweet Bread*

Ingredients:

6 cups flour (I use 2 cups of whole wheat)

2 packages yeast

1/2 cup sugar

2 t salt

1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk, diluted with 1/2 cup warm water

1 t vanilla

1 t cardamom

1 t cinnamon

zest of 1 lemon

juice of 1 lemon

3 eggs, at room temperature, plus 1 egg, beaten

1 cup dried cranberries

1 stick butter, at room temperature

2 T sugar

Directions:

Combine three cups flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in bowl. I like to do this in a large bowl with a lid I can seal — you could easily do this in a large Tupperware. Add diluted milk, vanilla, lemon, lemon juice, cinnamon and cardamom.  Add eggs and then work in cranberries.  Beat in butter.  Add additional flour a little at a time. You may need to add a bit more warm water to get the bread the right consistency. It should be sticky when all of the flour is incorporated.  Knead until smooth, using the heel of your hand, about ten minutes.  Place in bowl, cover and let sit for 2 hours. The ball should double in size.

Punch down dough, divide in two,  and let rest for an hour. Brush each ball with a beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar (or more cinnamon).  Bake at 350 degrees on a cookie sheet until golden: about one hour.

*Adapted from Collen’s Portuguese recipe.

This loaf makes for a great slice of bread, or even better French toast. I’m hoping wrapped up it also makes for a nice, while unconventional, Easter basket. Easter is certainly one of my favorite holidays, only behind Thanksgiving. With the lovely and mild spring we’ve had, it seems like an even better reason to be baking, gifting and enjoying the sweet season.

~K

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13 Responses

  1. Ooooohhh…sounds so good! I have never made bread before…maybe I should try now!

  2. Looks and sounds fantastic! Happy Easter!

  3. M’gosh, that looks wonderful. I wish I could either make some right this minute, or that I lived within your delivery area. 🙂

    Happy Easter!

  4. I might have to make this bread. It sounds delicious! Enjoy Easter weekend!

  5. Looks great Kelli! I may try it someday soon. Happy Easter.

  6. Not quite unleavened…eh?

  7. Yummy looking and a great looking bag too! Proof of past fun! I was just there today! I sure wish my REI bag was full of yummy bread!

  8. OMG! Seriously, this is the best bread ever! Sooooo good. Think I could actually make it too???

  9. Happy Easter to you, your family and friends.

  10. Once again re: your baking–yum!!!!!!

  11. those close up pix of that yummy, crusty, delight is killing me – oh the laments of being gluten free – crap!

  12. Ooh yum! I am adding this recipe to my bread book! Must go bake…

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