Kids love to partake in the holidays, and Easter is a perfect time to bake bread. Here’s a yummy sweet bread recipe you can try with your kids. This is a great way of helping them measure, follow directions and keep busy.
First, let the kids color 5-6 uncooked eggs with food coloring.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 stick of butter (1/4 pound) melted and set aside
  • 2 cups of milk
  • Two packages of dry yeast
  • 2 cups sugar and 2 additional tsp sugar, separated
  • 1 tsp salt
  • The zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 whole eggs and 3 egg yolks
  • 8 sifted cups of flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Colored sprinkles

DIRECTIONS:
Sift the flour with the salt and set aside.

Heat up the milk until warm-don’t overheat the milk. Pour milk in a bowl and add the 2 teaspoons of sugar and the 2 packets of dry yeast. Combine and set aside to let the yeast activate.

Melt butter and set aside.

With a mixer, beat 3 whole eggs and the 3 egg yolks together. Add the lemon zest and the vanilla. Slowly add the sugar and mix well. Once the yeast and milk activate, add it to the egg and sugar mix.

Mix together for 3 minutes then slowly add the now cooled, melted butter and continue to mix.

Add in 1/3 of the flour at a time and mix for another 3-5 minutes.

Sprinkle flour on your working surface and knead the sticky dough. Add flour as needed for the mixture to be dry enough to work with (no more than 3-4 tbs).

Lightly grease a bowl and place the dough inside and cover it. I like to put it in the oven and let it rise until it doubles in size 1-2 hours.

When ready, punch down the dough and place it out on at slightly floured surface. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes.  You can braid or twist several pieces with one egg in the center or make one large twist. Place your bread dough on a greased pan, cover and let rise for another hour.

Turn the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix an egg to make egg wash and brush atop the dough before decorating with the sprinkles. Place the dough in the oven and bake for 30-45 minutes.

Enjoy!

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