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Easter Bread (Italian Sweet Bread)

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Rating: 4/5 4 stars
3 reviews
2 comments

ready in: 2-5 hrs
serves/makes:   2 loaves
  

recipe id: 35815
cook method: oven, stovetop

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ingredients

5 cups unsifted flour
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 packages active dry yeast
1 cup milk
1/2 cup margarine
3 eggs, at room temperature
1/8 teaspoon anise oil
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1 teaspoon anise flavoring
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
2 drops yellow food coloring

directions

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and undissolved yeast.

Combine milk and margarine in a saucepan. Heat over low heat until liquids are warm. (Margarine doesn't need to melt.) Remove from heat and add anise oil and yellow food coloring to make a "buttery" yellow color. Gradually add to dry ingredients and beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 3 eggs and 1/2 cup flour, or enough flour to make a thick batter. Beat a high speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Add enough additional flour to make a soft dough.

Turn out onto lightly floured board; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover with a clean dishcloth or plastic wrap; let rise in warm place, free from draft, until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Cover; let rise again until almost double, about 30 minutes.

Punch dough down again; turn out onto lightly floured board. Divide in half; form into two large round balls or a dozen "buns". Place on opposite corners of a greased baking sheet. Cut a cross 1/2-inch deep on top of each ball. Cover; let rise in warm place, free from draft, until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Beat 1 egg the 1 tablespoon water. Use to brush tops of loaves.

Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees F.) about 35 to 45 min. (15 to 20 for buns), or until done. Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire racks.

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nutrition

191 calories, 5 grams fat, 31 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams protein per slice.
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Mine came out PERFECT!!! Guess they did something wrong. Thanks


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Julie

COMMENT:
After several hours making this dough, and waiting for it to rise - it never did! What a waste of time and money. Did exactly as recipe stated - and the dough never rose!!!

CDKitchen Staff Reply:
Did you check your yeast? Did you heat the milk too hot?




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the Italian sweet bread is the the one I have been looking for for 30 years. At last I found it thanks to you. It brought back memories of so many years ago.All the great Aunts an grandmothers are long gone. Many Thanks


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Guest Foodie

COMMENT:
The recipe was a total disaster. Never rose, used fresh yeast and was put in oven away from draft but to no avail. Had to throw out the entire batch of dough.

CDKitchen Staff Reply:
I'm not a fan of mixing the yeast unproofed as directed in this recipe (unless you are using a bread machine). I suspect this recipe is actually from Fleishmann's (yeast) so I'm not sure if they've tested it or had success from it.




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EASTER ITALIAN SWEET BREAD RECIPE. NEVER ROSE. BAKED IT ANYWAY. LOOKED GOOD, SMELLED NICE, COULD NOT EAT IT. HARD AS A ROCK. WHAT HAPPENED, PLEASE? PULLING THE DOUGH IT WAS STRINGY

CDKitchen Staff Reply:
Could have been a variety of things like unfresh yeast, the yeast could have been killed off by too much heat or exposure to salt, etc.