Easter Breads - slightly sweetened yeast dough shaped into a wreath or braid with eggs to symbolize Christ's crucifixion and resurrection from the dead. Let me show you a few very different traditional Easter Bread Recipes to help celebrate this holy time of year.
Most Easter breads are shaped and decorated in ways to tell the Easter story. The shape varies by region. There are some areas in Italy that bake their bread in the shape of a dove to symbolize hope.
The bread is traditionally eaten on Easter morning for breakfast. I like to bake little individual bread rings so my family can take one home with them after we celebrate Easter together.
It's also served during the main meal with other Italian Easter Recipes after church for our celebration. I enjoy the bread the day after Easter toasted with a little bit of butter and strawberry jam.
Easter Bread Tradition
Bread is an important part of any Italian meal. We "Italians" do like our bread! We love to dip it in olive oil and herbs. My mother loves to use the bread to "mop" up the sauce on her plate at the end of the meal.
The Italian Easter Bread that is shaped into a wreath 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.
By placing eggs in the center of the bread braids, it represents rebirth and Christ rising from the dead.
Italian Easter Bread
Most Italian Easter Breads are baked with colored eggs placed in the dough. The eggs are raw when they go into the oven and when the bread is done, they're hard-boiled.
Growing up in my family, the only one who ate the eggs was my father. But then again, he grew up on a farm in Germany during the war and wouldn't let any food go to waste.
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