Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter Bread

Family Heritage Easter Bread

I only make certain foods certain times of the year. I wait all year for my Easter Bread. The Easter bread is a delicious bread stuffed with two kinds of cheese, pepperoni and ham.

When my mother made this, she started the dough from scratch. I use the time saving method. I buy the frozen bread dough. She also used prosciutto ham. I use baked ham. There is less fat in baked ham.

15 oz. Ricotta Cheese
2 cloves of garlic chopped
8 oz. of Pepperoni
10 oz. sliced ham
2 tablespoons of Basil. chopped fresh or pesto
3 eggs
2 1-lb. loaves of frozen Ready dough, defrosted
2 cups of mozzarella cheese

Mix Ricotta Cheese, 2 eggs, garlic and basil together and set aside.
Lay the 2 one lb. loaves of dough side by side, overlapping slightly and roll out to 20 x10 inch size.
Spread the cheese mixture on top of the dough leaving a rim of 1/2 inch.
Layer the ham, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. Start to roll the dough and sealing all the edges.
Spray a 12 inch round baking pan with a non stick spray. Then put the rolled dough in the pan, making it into a circle. Scramble the remaining egg and spread over the top of the dough. This will give the bread a nice shinny coat. Cover the bread with a cloth and let it sit out and rise for 1/2 hour. Bake at 350 degrees for fifty minutes.
Cream all the ingredients together.
I used two one pound loves of dough.
Make sure your surface is well flowered so when it is time to roll the dough it will not stick to your table surface. 
Spread the cheese mixture over the top of the tough.  Go 1/2 inch in from the sides.
Start layering all your ingredients.
Once you have all the ingredients on the dough, you can start to roll it up.
My mother baked her bread in a traditional loaf pan with hard boiled colored eggs on top. I think I lent mine out so I had to improvise. I decided to cook it in a cake pan.



  1. This recipe is so delicious, and I love that you use the freezer version of the dough now. Thanks for making it for our get-together! The first "left-over" my girl wanted to eat was YOUR Easter Bread! That says it all! I think your mother was on to something when she came up with this one! :)

  2. This looks so yummy:) I hope when I try this recipe it turns out :)

  3. Just let me tell everyone, this is REALLY, REALLY good!

  4. I can't wait to try this bread, it looks delish. Thank you for the great pictures, it is so helpful when you make a recipe for the first time.

  5. This looks AWESOME! I can't wait to try it for our church breakfast. I usually do eggs on top, but never the meat inside...and eggs. great twist.

    I also do the frozen bread dough, color it in sections, and twist it to make rainbow bread...then add eggs on top or bake it in little flower pots, each with a colored egg on top.



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