Eggless Easter Bread Recipe - How to make Easter Bread Recipe | Easter Recipes
Recipe type: Side, Vegetarian
RecipeCuisine: General
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Serves: 10-12
 
Eggless Easter Bread recipe which is a full-proof, tried and tested recipe at home. This bread is rich, has a great texture, goes well with butter or cheese and a hot cup of tea.
recipeIngredient (used american measuring cup, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 350 gm all purpose flour or refined flour (maida)
  • 1 tsp saffron strands or yellow color + 2 tbsp hot water
  • 8 gm dry active yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp corn flour or polenta
  • 3 tbsp milk powder
  • ½ tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1 cup tutti frutti or dried candied papaya
  • 150 ml lukewarm water or as required
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp milk + 1 tbsp warm butter for brushing over the bread
  • 10-12 glazed cherries
  • some icing sugar for garnish
How to make the recipe?
  1. Firstly add saffron strands or yellow color in hot water. Grease your loaf pans with butter and place aside.
  2. Place it aside for 10-15 mins it would start coloring.
  3. At this point add the melted butter in the saffron mixture. Combine all nicely.
  4. Sift the flour, milk powder, corn flour, nutmeg powder and salt.
  5. Make a small well in the sifted flour.
  6. Pour the saffron - butter mixture and also add the active yeast at this time.
  7. Now start kneading the dough with your full stamina. Untiil the dough is soft and smooth.
  8. Now wrap with a cling film or a damp cloth and allow the dough to rest in a humid area. I kept mine in the oven with the light on. You could also keep them in sunlight if the weather is too cold.
  9. About 20-30 mins the dough would double up in size. Again lightly knead the dough and add the candied tutti frutti.
  10. Wrap with a damp cloth and allow to rest to leaven for 20 mins more.
  11. Now remove a quarter part of dough and keep aside if you want to make braids for your bread. Else skip this part if you just want to make a loaf. Make small balls from the dough. Shape them into thin logs like these.
  12. Just remember how you tie a plait in your hair. Similar fashion pinch three thin logs on the top and braid then gently. If they break fix with a little dough and start again. Check your pan size and make the braid accordingly.
  13. At this point of time you could grease the pans. Place the leavened bread on the greased pans. If you want to attach the braids then shape the dough into oval or round shape. Gently attach the braids around the bread or decorate them on the top. However you want to decorate your bread do that use your own creativity.
  14. You could make cross or a star anything you could think of. Place some glazed cherries over the braids.
  15. Again allow the dough to rest in a humid place with a covered damp cloth until they are doubled in size. Just brush the bread with milk-butter mixture before baking.
  16. Bake in preheated oven at 200ÂșC exactly fifteen mins before baking. Bake for 30-35 mins or until the bread sounds hollow and is baked evenly. Again brush with the milk-butter mixture over the bread. Allow to cool dust with icing sugar. Slice and serve your eggless easter bread with butter, cheese or honey. This bread tastes best the next day.
  17. If using fresh yeast or dry active yeast then take about 1.5 tbsp yeast, 2 tbsp sugar and 3 tbsp lukewarm water. The water should be hot enough to dip your finger, it shouldn't be more hot else the yeast would die.
  18. Combine water, yeast and sugar into a mixing bowl. Stir and keep side at a humid place. After 7-8 mins the mixture should appear frothy, if not frothy then change the yeast and start the process again. Use this frothed yeast in the dough and follow the same instructions as stated above.
Notes
1. You could use olive oil instead of butter if intent is to make low fat bread.
2. To make a braided bread is optional.
3. Proofing the dough is important if the dough is not rising it means the yeast is not good. So be careful while adding yeast to your bread.
4. You could make the dough then freeze and use for future use.
5. Adding nuts are optional.
6. It's imperative to use a pre-heated oven before baking bread, cakes or cookies.
You could glaze your bread with honey or caramelized sugar if you wish to.
Recipe by Flavors of Mumbai at http://www.flavorsofmumbai.com/eggless-easter-bread-recipe/