Saturday, April 26, 2014

Weekend Cooking: Easter Bread, in Photos

Many happy childhood memories began in my grandmother's kitchen. Every spring I looked forward to helping her bake our traditional Easter Bread. She used an old family recipe which came with her from Italy. Over the years, I have taken on the role of official Easter Bread baker. A day or two before Easter, I get up early to begin the process - mix, rise, bake, cool, frost, deliver. This year I made plain loaves, but next year look for twisted loaves with pastel-colored Easter eggs.
















With inexact measurements and decades of scrawled notes and spills, this is not a recipe which can be easily shared. Basically, it's a sweet bread with golden raisins and citrus. I found a post offering more particulars at The Italian Dish. Have you ever made Easter Bread?



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31 comments:

  1. Looks delicious…and complicated…I'm impressed!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. It wouldn't be Easter without this bread!

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  2. How lucky you and your family are! I can't tell you how much I regret not cooking with my grandmother, so I could learn how she made the Ukrainian foods we loved so much (and miss so much). Her bread, which we called 'paska,' was probably very similar - yeasted, sweet, open-crumbed, raisins, no icing though!

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    1. Audrey - Some of her recipes have unfortunately been lost, but we've tried to record most of them. I think a family cookbook may be in order.

      I don't think you're on twitter much these days, but The Mount tweeted about a new kitchen exhibit opening this spring - What Would Edith Eat. I retweeted to you. Another visit may be in order!

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    2. No, I haven't been, but thank you! Edith and a kitchen is not to be missed! Want to go together?

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  3. I love your Easter bread and even more so because it came from your grandmother.

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    1. Diane - I guess we're both thinking about our grandmothers today :)

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  4. That looks so festive and delicious! I'll bet freshly grated orange and lemon peel makes all the difference in that recipe!

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    1. Laurie C - The citrus adds so much to this recipe. I evan add a little fiori di sicilia (from King Arthur) to the icing.

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    2. I use that secret ingredient too! I added some to the Orange Juice Bread I made recently, which called for freshly squeezed OJ and grated lemon and orange peel, I think.

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    3. Laurie C - I can't help but love King Arthur!

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  5. A lovely Easter tradition. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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    1. Carole - I can't imagine Easter without the bread!

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  6. It looks really lovely. I'm having my coffee at the moment and wish I had a slice of it to go with it. Glad you had a happy Easter.

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    1. Thanks, Pam. My entire family loves this. It's very good toasted, too.

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  7. I've never made Easter bread but these look adorable and extra special being your grandmother's recipe.

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    1. Teddyree - One of the things I love about making Easter Bread is that it gives me plenty of time to think about my grandmother!

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  8. So many of my early food memories stem from my grandmother's kitchen too. How wonderful to be able to revert to those timeless traditions on festive occasions.

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    1. Couscous & Consciousness - Absolutely! I treasure all the memories from my grandmother's kitchen.

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  9. 8 loaves! Beautiful! I'm not a huge fan of breads that are sweet (raisins, lemon/orange zest, etc.), but these look delicious.

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    1. Les - This is my once-a-year sweet bread breakfast!

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  10. What a huge batch you made! They look great.

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    1. Louise - I usually deliver loaves to my parents, siblings, and a couple of friends.

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  11. I love Easter bread! And have made it many times You really went to town, and I love the glaze and sprinkles. I'll look for your braided version with eggs next year; I've always wanted to give that a try.

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    1. Beth - I've been meaning to try the braided version for years... next year I'll finally do it!

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  12. I do not know of 'Easter Bread' - they look lovely!

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    1. Care - A sweet ricotta pie with a sugar cookie-like crust an another tradition!

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  13. My gluten free self is drooling.

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  14. I'm with Ti, my gluten free palate wants some of that bread! Great memories, loved this post.

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    1. Tina - Oh, I'm sorry to torture my gluten-free friends :(

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