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Celebrate Easter with this gorgeous Easter egg bread! Soft, moist, and golden, with a buttery-sweet taste and a pastel-colored egg baked right inside!

Easter Egg Bread: a golden brown braided loaf with a pastel-colored egg nestled in the middle.

This is a sponsored post, written by me and created in partnership with Keller’s Creamery. All opinions expressed herein are straight from my heart.

Easter is upon us! Do you have big plans? Lots of family coming over for a big Spring feast?

Here at my house Easter is pretty low-key, and will probably be even more so this year because of all the travel I’ve been doing lately. But one thing is for sure, there will be baskets of candy, and there will be colorful eggs. And of course, a few of them will be tucked into these cute little braided Easter egg bread loaves.

Easter Egg Bread: such a lovely way to celebrate Spring!  This bread is buttery, eggy, and a little sweet, with a hint of vanilla and orange blossom and the prettiest Easter egg nestled inside!  food bread easter

It was so much fun to make these little beauties! The dough comes together easily and is really nice to work with. I based it off of the traditional Italian Easter bread, also known as Pane di Pasqua.

They bake up light, soft, and butter-y, with a little hint of aromatic vanilla and orange blossom, which to me is just so perfect for Spring. I love the subtle flavor and it really brings out the natural sweetness of the bread.

Easter Egg Bread: golden brown braided loaf with Easter eggs and a sweet butter sculpture in the shape of a bunny.

The presentation would not be complete without the bunny butter! Growing up, we always had a butter sculpture on our Easter table every year, and I love that I can pass that tradition down to my kids too.

I grew up just down the road from the Keller’s Creamery, where Keller’s Creamery Butter is made. We had their butter on our dinner table every night. In fact, Keller’s has been a staple of Philadelphia households since 1906. It’s the butter I grew up with, and it’s the butter I now like to buy for my own family to enjoy.

Easter Egg Bread: such a lovely way to celebrate Spring!  This bread is buttery, eggy, and a little sweet, with a hint of vanilla and orange blossom and the prettiest Easter egg nestled inside!  food bread easter

The dough for this bread is enriched with eggs and unsalted butter, and when you tear off a soft bite, it’s even better slathered with a little more from the Keller’s bunny sculpture.

I bought my bunny butter at Weis, but you can also find it at Acme, ShopRite, or Stop & Shop! Be sure to grab yours on your next grocery store run, and enjoy this delicious Easter egg bread tradition this weekend!

Easter Egg Bread: a golden brown braided loaf with a pastel-colored Easter egg nestled inside, and a sweet little molded butter in the shape of a bunny.

A Philadelphia family tradition, Keller’s delivers a variety of butter options perfect for melting into a sauce, stirring into a batter or spreading on your toast, including:

  • Keller’s Spreadable Butter with Canola Oil – lightly salted, perfectly spreadable and ideal for a variety of foods
  • Keller’s Salted – the perfect choice for everyday cooking and table use
  • Keller’s Unsalted – great for baking, preparing seafood or any other recipe where controlling salt is desirable
  • Keller’s Whipped – light, fluffy and best used as a spread
  • Keller’s Sculptures – Bunnies, turkeys and Christmas trees add the perfect seasonal look and flavor to any tablescape

To learn more about Keller’s Philadelphia heritage and find chef-inspired recipes for your next holiday and special occasion, visit www.kellerscreamery.com.

More great Easter recipes on my “Holiday” Pinterest board!

Easter Egg Bread
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Celebrate Easter with this gorgeous Easter egg bread!  Soft, moist, and golden, with a buttery-sweet taste and a pastel-colored egg baked right inside!

Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Bread, Easter, egg
Servings: 4 small loaves
Calories: 894 kcal
Ingredients
For the Easter Egg Bread
For the dyed eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 4 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 drop each of Rose Pink, Violet, Royal Blue, and Grass Green gel paste food coloring
  • 4 large eggs uncooked
Instructions
To make the Easter Egg Bread:
  1. Place the warm milk in a large mixing bowl, and stir in the yeast.  Allow it to prove until foamy (about 10 minutes).
  2. Stir in the softened butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, orange blossom water, and salt.
  3. Stir in the flour, a half cup at a time, until the dough forms a ball and pulls away cleanly from the sides of the bowl.
  4. Knead the dough until smooth and elastic (5 to 10 minutes).
  5. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow it to prove until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
  6. Punch down the dough and divide it into 4 equal balls.
  7. Divide each ball in half and roll each half into a rope about 10 inches long.
  8. Pinch 2 ropes together at one end, and twist them together.  Pinch the other end together and bring the twist around into a circle shape.
  9. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and nestle a dyed egg in the center.
  10. Repeat with the remaining dough balls and eggs.
  11. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
  12. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and lightly brush the loaves with egg wash, taking care to avoid the eggs.
  13. Sprinkle with sesame seeds for garnish, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and puffed.
To make the dyed eggs:
  1. Divide the boiling water equally between 4 small bowls.
  2. Place 1 teaspoon of vinegar in each bowl.
  3. Place 1 drop of gel paste food coloring in each bowl, and stir to dissolve.
  4. Place 1 uncooked egg in each bowl, turning to coat evenly with dye.
  5. Allow the eggs to sit in the dye until desired color is reached, then remove and drain on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
Easter Egg Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 894 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 311mg 104%
Sodium 702mg 29%
Potassium 319mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 122g 41%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 19g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 22.8%
Calcium 13.5%
Iron 42.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.