Almond Easter Bread Recipe

Almond Easter Bread Recipe

How To Make Almond Easter Bread

This almond easter bread is a perfect pair with milk for breakfast filled with Easter eggs and almonds baked together until golden brown.

Preparation: 1 hour
Cooking: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Total: 3 hours 20 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • ½tspwhite sugar
  • ½cupwarm water,100 to 110 degrees F or 40 to 45 degrees C
  • ¼ozdry yeast,2 envelopes
  • cupwhite sugar
  • 2eggs
  • 1tspsalt
  • ¾cupmilk
  • cupsall purpose flour,sifted, divided
  • 1lbbutter stick
  • 12½ozalmond cake and pastry filling,not almond paste, 1 can
  • ½cupbutter,softened
  • ½cupwhite sugar
  • 6dyed easter eggs,hard-cooked
  • 1egg,beaten
  • 2tbspwhite sugar,additional for sprinkling or as desired
  • ½cupalmonds,sliced, divided

Instructions

  1. Dissolve sugar in the warm water in a 1-cup measuring cup and sprinkle with the yeast. Stir to mix the yeast into the water and let stand in a warm place until frothy and doubled in volume for 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Stir together 1/3 cup of sugar, 2 raw eggs, salt, the yeast mixture, milk, and 3 cups of flour in a large bowl, and beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes to develop gluten.

  3. Mix the remaining flour into the batter and beat until the dough is shiny, soft, and elastic for about 5 minutes. Scrape down the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  4. Place sticks of butter 1-inch apart between 2 large pieces of waxed paper. Roll the butter out into a square about 12 inches on a side, place the waxed paper with the square of butter onto a baking sheet, and freeze for 15 minutes.

  5. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface, turn the dough around to pick up flour on all sides, and sprinkle the dough with flour. Roll the dough out into a rectangle 18 inches square.

  6. Brush off excess flour from the dough, if necessary. Peel off the top layer of waxed paper from the butter square.

  7. Place the square of cold butter, remaining waxed-paper side up, catty-corner onto the dough rectangle so the corners of the dough extend out beyond the butter. Peel off the remaining waxed paper.

  8. Fold the top and bottom points over the butter, meeting in the middle; fold the left and right points over the butter. Pinch the sides and seams of the dough together to enclose the butter in the dough.

  9. Roll the flat dough envelope filled with butter, seam side down, out on the floured surface to a rectangle 12×24 inches, and fold the dough in half then in half again, to make a 6×12-inch square of dough with four butter layers.

  10. Chill the dough for about 5 minutes then roll the dough out again to a 12×24-inch rectangle, and fold in quarters as before.

  11. Chill, repeat rolling and folding the dough one more time. Refrigerate dough at least 1 more hour or overnight.

  12. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  13. Cut the dough into two pieces. On a well-floured surface, roll out a dough piece into a rectangle 30×9 inches. Cut the rectangle into 3 long strips, 30×3 inches each.

  14. Mix almond filling, 1/2 cup of butter, and 1/2 cup of sugar together in a bowl, and spread half the filling mixture all down the center of the 3 strips.

  15. Fold the strips over the filling the long way and pinch the edges closed, enclosing the filling in 3 long ropes. Braid the 3 ropes together and arrange the braid into a ring. Pinch the ends closed.

  16. Repeat for 2nd dough piece and the remaining half of the filling, making two ring-shaped braided pastries.

  17. Place the pastries onto the lined baking sheets, reforming them into symmetrical rings if necessary. Set 3 hard-cooked Easter eggs, wedged between braids, into the top of each braided pastry.

  18. Brush pastries, eggs, and all with beaten egg; sprinkle with additional white sugar and sliced almonds.

  19. Bake in the preheated oven until browned and crisp for 40 to 45 minutes.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 826.51kcal
  • Fat: 56.62g
  • Saturated Fat: 28.72g
  • Trans Fat: 1.56g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 19.56g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.46g
  • Carbohydrates: 67.75g
  • Fiber: 2.61g
  • Sugar: 17.64g
  • Protein: 13.43g
  • Cholesterol: 223.10mg
  • Sodium: 326.73mg
  • Calcium: 73.40mg
  • Potassium: 193.82mg
  • Iron: 3.75mg
  • Vitamin A: 381.86µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.00mg
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