Eat Your Centerpiece—The Easter Bread That’s Almost Too Pretty To Eat

Traditional Italian brioche-style Easter bread—Pane Pasquale—is as delicious as it looks.

It’s a sweet and braided soft bread the Italians have perfected. Italian native Alessandra Marseglia, editor for the Italian Allrecipes site, said braided Easter bread is made in many shapes and sizes, each with varying decorations. Make it the (edible!) centerpiece on your Easter dinner table.

Braided Easter Egg Bread is a similar recipe to the Italian version, above. Marseglia says the main purpose of the eggs is for decoration. In Italy and in many countries around the world, eggs are symbolic of new life and the resurrection.

Braided Easter Egg Bread

“First time making Easter bread–this recipe was great! The family loved it, including my born-and-raised-in-Italy father-in-law! I added sprinkles before baking.” – roeroe1016

Braided Easter Egg Bread

Braided Easter Egg Bread | Photo by Pam-3BoysMama

  • Decide whether you’re going to eat the eggs in the bread. This will determine how to make it. The recipe calls for dyed uncooked eggs. Let the eggs dry before braiding them into the dough. Baking should be done the same day you’re going to eat the bread, as cooked eggs should not be left out at room temperature. They will be medium-hard cooked eggs after baking.
  • Alternatively, you can hard boil and dye eggs in any method you like. Make the braided bread without the decorative eggs and form the bread into a ring. Place the finished dry eggs into the center of the ring before you put it on the table.

Related: Pastiera: A Classic Italian Easter Dessert

Not interested in having the decorative eggs in your bread? No problem. Miriam’s Not-So-Secret Challah makes two beautiful braided loaves of sweet bread.

Miriam’s Not-So-Secret Challah

“This is a perfect ‘no-fail’ bread dough, I even mistakenly only used 1/2 the required yeast, and the bread still rose and baked up beautifully! The bread will make a wonderful addition to our Easter meal.” – denruss

Miriam's Not-So-Secret Challah

Miriam’s Not-So-Secret Challah | Photo by Mrs. Lucas

Before baking, top the braided breads with an egg wash, and sprinkle with sesame seeds, sliced almonds, sprinkles, or poppy seeds. If you formed the bread into a ring, add your favorite Easter candy to the center of the ring once the bread is completely cool.

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