Why call it Easter Bread?

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Easter bread, sweet yeast bread

Why call it Easter bread if tastes so good you want to eat it all year?

A true German Tradition is baking this sweet yeast bread, in German also called Hefezopf, a couple days before the Easter holidays

Easter Bread baking tips:

The sweet yeast bread can be baked with or without the eggs. The lemon/zest can be substituted with 1 tsp vanilla. Besides Almonds, other possible add-ins are dried Cranberries and Pistachio nuts
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The secret ingredient is Diastatic malt powder. Savvy bread bakers use it to promote a strong rise, great texture, and lovely brown crust. Just 1 tsp for 3 cups flour

You also can also prepare Eierweck or Eierhörnchen (yeast dough rolls/croissants) with the dough.

If “Hail Sugar” cannot be found, you could cover the yeast braid with some Streusel Crumbs

Watch the YouTube below the recipe on how to braid the Hefezopf Easter bread

Hagelzucker or coarse Decorating Sugar can be bought below:

Yeast rolls or croissant

If you choose to make the yeast rolls or croissants, you would bake them at 425 F, 20 to 25 minutes.

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