This traditional Italian Easter Bread is flavoured with butter, almonds, currants, and anise seed, making it deliciously aromatic. The dough is kneaded, shaped into a ring and egg washed before baking. The flavours are deepened while the bread is left to rise, and the result is an exceedingly delectable Italian Easter Bread that’s perfect for the holiday season!
Traditional Italian Easter Bread!
-4 cups all-purpose flour
-2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
-2 teaspoons active dry yeast
-1 teaspoon salt
-1/2 cup butter, softened
-3/4 cup warm milk
-1/4 cup water
-1/4 cup almonds, chopped
-2 tablespoons currants
-2 teaspoons anise seed
-Non-Stick baking spray
-1 egg white
-1 tablespoon water
1. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.
2. Cut butter into small cubes, and add to bowl.
3. Combine warm milk, water, and mix until it forms a dough. Knead for about 10 minutes.
4. Place dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise for 1 hour.
5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
6. Punch down dough, and knead in almonds, currants, and aniseed.
7. Shape dough into a wreath shape or a round, and place on a large greased baking sheet. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for another 30 minutes.
8. Whisk together 1 egg white and 1 tablespoon of water. Brush egg wash onto surface of the dough.
9. Bake in preheated oven for 25-35 minutes and cool completely on wire rack.
Pairing: Serve the Italian Easter Bread with a fruity, creamy white like an oaked SAuvignon Blanc.
Traditional Italian Easter Bread: The Perfect Addition to Your Holiday Line-Up
This traditional Italian Easter Bread is the perfect addition to your seasonal celebrations. This bread boasts a unique flavor profile with butter, almonds, currants, and anise seed. Kneading in all the ingredients will deliciously aromatic dough. The dough is then shaped into a ring and egg washed before baking.
The Taste of a Holiday Classic
This bread tastes as good as it looks. The butter, almond, currant, and anise seed flavour of the bread is deepened while the bread is left to rise. The combination of these flavours makes an exceedingly delectable Italian Easter Bread that’s perfect for the holidays. People love it for the distinct taste, its airy texture, and its crispy exterior.
Making Italian Easter Bread Gluten Free
The traditional Italian Easter Bread is wonderfully delectable but not suitable for those on a gluten-free diet. Fortunately, there are many easily-sourced gluten-free ingredients that can be substituted to make it suitable for gluten-intolerant people. Some of the ingredients that can be used to replace wheat flour include tapioca flour, chickpea flour, and almond flour.
Veganizing Italian Easter Bread
Vegans too can enjoy this Italian Easter Bread. Replacing the butter with vegan margarine and using a vegan egg wash are two easy ways to make the Easter Bread vegan-friendly. The egg wash is usually a combination of whole eggs and milk, but it is easy to replace the eggs and milk with vegan substitutes. For the eggs, ground flaxseeds or chia seeds have been known to do the trick. For the milk, unsweetened nut or oat milk can be used.
In conclusion, the traditional Italian Easter Bread is a flavorful, remarkably delightful addition to your regular holiday spread. Depending on your dietary restrictions, there are many substitutes available that can be used to make your Easter Bread gluten-free and/or vegan. With that, you are guaranteed to enjoy this traditional Italian Easter Bread!