Italian Easter Bread

Easter Bread with Sprinkles
Easter Bread with Sprinkles
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For the Bread:
½ cup All-purpose flour sifted twice
2 tsp Active dry yeast
½ cup Milk lukewarm 1%
¼ cup Sugar
2 Eggs room temperature , lightly beaten
4 tbsp Butter melted then cooled
¾ cup Sour cream room temperature , do not use light
Zest from 2-3 Lemon
1 tsp Salt
4¼ cups All-purpose flour sifted twice
3 tbsp Vegetable oil or grapeseed oil
For the Eggs:
6 Eggs
1 cup Water boiling
Food coloring
1 tbsp Vinegar
For the Toppings:
Colored sprinkles
2 tbsp Milk

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Italian Easter Bread


My daughters love this Italian Easter Bread even when it’s not Easter and I think it’s all the colorful sprinkles decorated over the top that makes this bread eye catching and really pretty! I love trying different foods and cuisines from cultures all around the world, especially at family gathering and celebrations like Easter time. I place a dyed, red egg, in between each of the 6 single knots of soft dough bread with hundreds and thousands of sprinkles around. 

To make Italian Easter Bread, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Italian Easter Bread

Steps to make Italian Easter Bread


Combine dye water


In a small bowl whisk 1 cup of boiling water, a few drops of food coloring and 1 tablespoon of vinegar until combined.


Dye eggs


Working one by one, place an egg inside the dye water and whisk a few times. Set aside for about 5 minutes until colored then transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to dry. Continue with remaining 5 eggs, adding more food coloring as needed.


Activate yeast for dough


In a mixing bowl whisk ½ cup of flour with 2 teaspoons of dry yeast and ½ cup of lukewarm milk until combined then set aside, at room temperature, until the yeast has proofed.


Combine wet ingredients


Using an electric mixer on setting speed low, slowly add 2 beaten eggs, 4 tablespoons of melted butter, ¾ cup of sour cream, lemon zest, ¼ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt and mix until combined.


Add flour


Gradually add the remaining 4¼ cups of sifted flour, ¼ cup at a time until a light and sticky dough forms.




On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough, working with a few drops of oil at a time, and working with your hands, knead for about 15-20 minutes until 3 tablespoons of oil are absorbed into the dough and it is soft but not sticky.




Set aside for about 1 hour 30 minutes to rise until doubled in volume.


Roll balls


Divide the dough into 12 small balls then roll each ball into 13-15-inch ropes.


Prepare loaves


Take 2 ropes and braid them together and then bring the two ends to meet, forming a ring shape. Repeat with 10 remaining ropes. Transfer the dough rings to a baking sheet and place a dyed egg in the center of each.


Second rise


Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for about 30 minutes to rise again.


Preheat the oven


Preheat the oven to 375 °F.


Add sprinkles


Once risen, brush the loaves with 2 tablespoons of milk and add sprinkles all over the top.




Bake in the preheated oven for about 22 minutes until golden.



Cool completely before serving and enjoying!

This Easter Bread recipe makes 6 individual, traditional Italian loaves of bread and they’re just beautiful. We’d love to see how yours turn out and how your baking experience goes. Share your creations with us and tag us in your pictures, posts and blogs online using our hashtag #cookmerecipes!

Lilly is an enthusiastic and cheerful young mom. She knows as well as any parent that children can be really picky when it comes to food. And she’s had plenty of experience trying to cook meals that are both tasty and nutritious, and able to satisfy the tastes of a fussy kid right away! To save you some precious time, Lilly's going to share with you all the tricks she learned the hard way, so you don’t have to! She has a wealth of recipes for quick and easy meals for kids and families on a budget.

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Total Reviews: 21
Angie Vanbecelaere

Creative and colorful exactly the type of dessert I'm looking for on a holiday like easter.

Ailani Zenker

Best textured bread I've ever had, hard on the outside and soft on the inside ;-)

Elodie Buechele

Swapped normal milk for some coconut milk and it actually leaves a hint of coconut taste too would recommend trying it even if youre not vegan.

Ellery Dugay

Love the bright colors and texture of this easter bread, much more funky than the sunny side up dessert in my opinion and goes well with the holiday.

Temperance Westfall

Adorable little bread! I give it a 5 for appearance and 5 for taste.

Tamia Wead

Italian dishes are always so unique glad that I can look under that genre there's just so much to choose from and this was freaking amazing so it's going to be hard to top.

Elianna Gehlen

My bread didn't turn out fluffy not exactly sure what I did wrong though?

Alisa Palzer

Another brilliant recipe by my all time favorite Lilly, why am I not surprised? Keep making these type of foods love ya!

Maisy Coar

Replaced normal sugar with brown turned out fine thankfully.

Whitney Oalmann

At this point Im just gonna have to acept the fact that im going to be fat due to the tasty dishes lol.

Amora Porowski

This recipe is actually quite difficult to perfect I think I'll stick with lemon drizzle slices or even the carrot cupcakes sadly..

Laney Wiedmer

Drizzled some chocolate and caramel over the top..perfection.

Amiah Zayat

Lemon made it a bit zesty but not too much thankfully will add less next time though.

Kelsie Wininger

First time and I nailed it thanks to the easy steps really appreciate it!!

Spencer Borrmann

My kids LOVED making this with me even though they added too much sprinkles lol.

Bria Tjong

Not too sweet but it's great because you can add more things to it though I usually just stick to melted butter.

Angelique Lien

This is such a cool concept I'm actually ultra impressed with how it turned out.

Dalia Dailey

A tbsp of vinegar was too much I could taste it....

Maryam Tennesen

Does anyone even eat the egg or is it just decoration?..curious is all

Myra Jourdain

So I'm not sure why there is an egg therefore I went with some m&ms in the middle just put them there once the bread is done cooking and vallah!


Amazing! Thanks for sharing recipe!

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