Easter Bread Recipes - a wonderful tradition for many families is to bake a sweetened yeast dough bread to help celebrate the resurrection of Christ's birth. There are quite a few different recipes; some are savory and some are sweet. However, they're all full of meaning and symbolism. Here are a few that you can featured here on my site.
Depending on your family's heritage, there are different types of Easter Bread Recipes. Some may be braided into wreaths or baked as a traditional loaf of brioche bread.
Some recipes will have candied fruit or whole eggs inserted into the delicate braids. There is meaning behind every loaf of bread baked over the Easter holiday celebration.
According to Peter Reinhart, author of Artisan Breads Every Day, states that "Easter breads are a continuation of the same tradition that for millions of years breads have been used: to tell a story."
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What is the meaning of Easter Bread?
Easter bread is full of meaning. It starts with using yeast as the leavening agent to symbolize the Christ's resurrection from the tomb.
When Easter Bread is shaped into a wreath it symbolizes the crown of thorns worn by Jesus at the crucifixion. Other breads that are shaped into a braid represent the three elements of the Holy Trinity.
Placing eggs in the center of the bread braids, represents rebirth and Christ rising from the dead.
Easter Bread Tradition
Growing up my mother never made Easter Bread for our family even though her mother made it every year. However, every now and then someone from our church would bake an extra loaf to bring to the pastor's family.
And then around quite a number of years ago, my sister started baking it on her own and then I started as well.
My blog is all about Easy Family Recipes and Traditions. I love the idea of baking Easter bread and creating this tradition for my family.
- Italian Easter Bread - A Family Tradition - this is the recipe I've made for years.
- Easter Bread Recipes - a great collection of different recipes for all the different cultures.
- Individual Italian Easter Bread Rings - if the though of baking with yeast scares you, try this non-traditional recipe that uses frozen bread dough. It also helps speed up the process too.
- Traditional Easter Bread - made in individual rings so you can give these to friends and family.
- Bread Machine Easter Bread - think working with yeast dough is too intimidating? Try my new recipe that uses dough prepared in a bread machine! How easy is that?
- Easter Banana Bread - made with ripe bananas and chunks of Easter candy, this is one Easter Bread Recipe you’re going to want to make all year long.
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Of course! As the bread cooks in the oven, so do the raw eggs. They are perfectly hard-boiled and ready to eat.