Easter Bread Recipe

In Northern Europe, making Kulich/Easter Bread, is a big part of an Easter celebration. Traditional Easter Bread consists of a round shaped, sweet tasting bread with raisins.

This is my all time favorite recipe for the Easter Bread. I've made it many times and have never been disappointed. The process seems to be never ending, but it's actually pretty simple. You may want to make extra bread to share with your friends and family, as it tastes unbelievably awesome.

Bread is typically finished off with a topping. To my personal preference, I skip that step, but I did share a solution for you here, if you wish to add any.

*Note: Depending on the flour you use you may need to add a little more. This dough is on a sticky side but shouldn't be runny.

Serving size:
3
units
Prep
2 hr
Cooking
30 min
Ready in
3 hr
Simple
Challenging

Instructions 

Combine warm milk together with yeast and two cups of flour. Combine by whisking all ingredients together. Cover the bowl with a towel and set it a side in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
While the dough is rising, separate egg yolks form egg whites. Whisk egg yolks together with 1 cup of sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk whites until they turn into a foamy mixture.
Mix in egg yolks to the dough, followed by butter, vanilla extract and egg whites.
If you are using your mixer, mix in the rest of the flour in small portions. Knead the dough until it becomes elastic. In the picture, you can see how smooth the dough will turn out. The dough is going to be more on a sticky side. Cover the dough with a towel and set it a side to rise for about an hour.
While the dough is rising, soak raisins in warm water for 15 minutes. And the rest of the hour do what you wish. I am just joking, lol ..I was really enjoying my tulips while waiting for the dough to rise. I had to share this picture with you :)))
Mix in raisins into the dough, be sure that raisins are completely drained. Cover with a towel and set it a side, once again.
Dough would be sticky so you may want to oil your hands. Fill up each buttered pan, half way, with the dough. If you are using jars from canned food, be sure to line them on all sides with parchment paper. Cover the bread with a towel and set a side to rise for about 30 minutes.
Bake at 350F, for bout 30 minutes, depending on the size of your creation. Let the bread cool completely to a room temperature.
Combine together powdered sugar with milk, stir to combine. Optionally you can use a piping bag or a zip lock for topping.
Drizzle the glaze along the sides of the bread, cover the middle with the glaze. Optionally add some sprinkles to the bread.
Keep Bread in a airtight container.

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