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5 from 3 votes

Italian Easter Bread

A light and fluffy bread baked around a brightly colored egg. The bread is slightly sweet, with the fresh flavor of lemon and decorated with colorful sprinkles. They are simple to make and cheerfully delicious, everyone will be amazed at how fun they are!
Prep Time3 hrs
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time3 hrs 25 mins
Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: Easter, Holiday's, Italian
Keyword: easter bread, easter rolls
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 663kcal
Author: Robin | Fluster Buster


  • 1/2 cup water boiling
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 15-20 drops food coloring
  • 8 large leggs room temperature
  • 4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 envelope (0.25 oz) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup milk warm
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 3/4 cup sour cream room temperature
  • 1-2 lemons zest
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • sprinkles


  • In a mug, stir together the water, vinegar and food coloring. Place an uncooked, room temperature egg into the mug and allow it to remain in the mug for 5 minutes. Color an additional 5 eggs.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup flour, the yeast and a 1/2 cup of lukewarm milk. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes or until it foams up.
  • On low speed, using a dough hook, slowly add the yeast mixture, 2 room temperature eggs, 1/4 cup of melted butter (cooled), 3/4 cup of room temperature sour cream, lemon zest, sugar and salt. Turn speed to medium and gradually add the remaining flour, a 1/2 cup at a time, continue mixing for 5 minutes. Add vegetable oil one tablespoon at a time add continue mixing for 10-15 minutes.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for 5 minutes. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and leave at room temperature until it doubles in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Divide dough into 12 equal sized balls. Using your hands shape each of the balls into a 14-inch rope. Using two of the ropes, twist them together then shape it into a ring, make sure that you pinch the ends together.
  • Place on a parchment lined baking sheet, place a colored egg in the center, cover with a clean dish towel or plastic wrap and allow it to rise for 30 minutes.
  • Place oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375°F. Brush the dough with the remaining milk and top with sprinkles.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool on the pan for 5-10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling. Allow to cool completely before serving.