It’s hard to believe Easter Sunday is just two weeks away. Seems like I was just celebrating St. Patrick’s Day not long ago and here we are getting the plastic eggs filled and baskets full of goodies. Among many of our families traditions, my favorite, dying Easter eggs is something the kids always look forward to. They get a chance to get messy and I get a dozen hard boiled eggs to munch on for breakfast.
This year we started a new tradition to go along with our dyed eggs. Easter Egg Bread! It’s kinda like the Mardi Gras King Cake except (in my opinion) way cuter and tastier. Some people baked the eggs right into the dough but I wanted to be sure they were boiled to perfect so we got the kids together to help dye these gorgeous eggs before baking the bread.
While there are lots of fun ways to dye and decorate eggs, my kids seem to love just seeing vibrant colors so we kept it simple with a PAAS egg dying kit that includes dye pellets. One easy way to make the colors incredibly vibrant is to add a bit of Heinz white vinegar to the water.
My daughter always dances around with anticipation while the eggs are submerged just dying to get a peek at the egg.
With the eggs dyed and drying we got started making the Easter Egg Bread which has quite a few steps but is fairly easy. You start by dissolving active dry yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water (between 110 – 115 degrees F). After about 10 minutes of soaking, the yeast water is ready to mix with a few basic ingredients including sugar, butter, milk, salt and cinnamon.
Next you mix in the flour and spend a good 10 minutes kneading the dough until you get this silky, stretchy ball of bread dough. Then, let the dough rise for about 2 hours. I like to preheat the oven to 350 and turn it off then let the dough rise in there covered with a towel.
Once the timer goes off you get to punch down the dough, cut it into 3 even chunks and after stretching each dough ball into three long strips, just loosely braid them and shape into a wreath. I let the wreath rise for another 30 minutes before giving it a thick egg wash and sprinkling of pastel candies.
After 35 minutes baking in the oven you get this incredible wreath of egg bread that’s almost too pretty to eat. If you want to have this ready for Easter breakfast, just bake the bread a day ahead of time, store it in an air-tight bag and nestle the refrigerated dyed eggs into the braid when you’re ready to serve it. While not necessary, I think this bread is even more amazing with a lemon-glaze lightly drizzled on top. For complete recipe details check out the Egg Bread Recipe we used.
If you’re looking for a dye-free way to decorate eggs with the kids then you’ll love the free PAAS/Heinz Egg Decorating iPad App. You get all the fun of dying and decorating with out any of the mess and you can create as many eggs as you want. We let our daughters play the with the app and the loved all of the stickers and virtual glitter decorations you could add to them. As a bonus, until April 8, 2012 a $1 donation will be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for each digital Easter egg created and shared with a friend using the app. It’s free, fun and easy so be sure to download the PAAS/Heinz Egg Decorator app from the iTunes store.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Heinz and PAAS and received a Heinz Vinegar bottle, a PAAS Egg Dyeing Kit, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.