Easter Bread

Recipe by ellie_
READY IN: 4hrs 30mins
YIELD: 3 loaves




  • Disolve yeast in warm water.
  • Add 2 cups of the milk to the yeast/water.
  • Sift in 2 cups of the flour.
  • Beat until smooth and elastic with a wooden spoon or beaters.
  • Cover and let rise for one hour.
  • Beat egg yolks and sugar together until light.
  • Add egg/sugar to dough, stirring well with wooden spoon.
  • Add the salt, cardamom, orange and lemon peel, raisins and almonds (if using), stir well.
  • Add the remaining milk (1 cup) and butter.
  • Stir in the remaining flour until a stiff dough forms.
  • Turn onto a floured bread board and knead until smooth and elastic (8-10 minutes).
  • Place dough in greased bowl (I use a dutch oven), turn and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Let rise for 1 hour or until doubled.
  • Grease 3 (1 pound) coffee cans and dust with sugar.
  • Fill cans half full and let rise until dough is even with top of can (30 minutes).
  • Bake in a preheated 350°Foven for 1 hour or until bread is golden and tests done.
  • If desired, loaves can be iced with optional frosting.
  • To make optional frosting, combine frosting ingredients (confectioners' sugar, water and almond extract).
  • Drizzle over cooled loaves.