Easter Bread

We got our eggs dyed yesterday. I was trying to wait until this weekend but we had a snowstorm early in the week that forced up to stay inside for a few days. I was desperate for something, anything to entertain the kidlets. So unless I get real brave this weekend and take them to an egg hunt, we’re done with Easter activities. And that makes me sad.

Luckily, I do have this bread to enjoy while I wait for the actual day. If you like hot cross buns, you will LOVE this. It doesn’t have the spice or the sweet glaze that hot cross buns have but it’s full of lemon zest and dried fruit and it makes for a great presentation since it’s braided. The orange marmalade is perfect on top and you must not skip it!

One year ago: Honey Chicken

Two years ago: Broccoli Salad

Three years ago: Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Easter Bread

adapted from Taste of Home


1 envelope (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
¾ cup warm water
3 eggs
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons lemon zest
4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup raisins
1 egg, beaten with 1 teaspoon water
orange marmalade, for serving


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