Traditional Easter Braided Sweet Bread

As Easter is approaching I’m sharing with you some of my favourite recipes for this occasion. This sweet bread (or challah, kalács, brioche) is always a hit with everyone I know, consumed either with butter, marmalade, jam, by itself, or even with cooked ham and horseradish (YES!) – everybody has their loved variation. This bread is traditionally on every table in Hungary during the Easter festivities – plain, sprinkled with sesame or poppy seeds, or decorated with bows, coloured eggs. This time I made a plain version, but you may add raisins to the dough, and sprinkle the bread with seeds or kosher salt and decorate to your liking.

Ingredients:

500g flour
7g instant dried yeast
50g sugar
1 sachet vanilla sugar
pinch of salt
250ml whipping cream
2 eggs + 1 white
raisins

1 egg yolk and 1 tbsp of milk for brushing


Preparation:

1. Mix flour and yeast and pour everything in the bowl of a stand mixer. Knead for about 5-7 minutes. My mixer gave up after around 2 minutes, so I continued kneading with my hands. If you are using raisins, add them 2 minutes before finishing the kneading.
2. Form a ball and let the dough rise for 1 hour.
3. Now the fun part, do the braid! I found nice step-by-step instructions for this here:

http://sweets.seriouseats.com/2011/09/sweet-technique-braiding-challah.html

I made a braid with 4 strings now.
4. Transfer to a baking pan (lined with baking sheet) and let it rise for about 30 mins more.
5. Brush the braid with the mixture of the egg yolk and 1 tbsp milk.


6. Place the bread in pre-heated oven and bake for about 35-40 mins at 190°C, or until golden brown.

Serve with whatever you like!🙂

Comments
18 Responses to “Traditional Easter Braided Sweet Bread”
  1. I’ve always wanted to make this. Maybe I’ll change up my Easter cinnamon rolls that I usually make and try this for a change. You make it sound so easy.

  2. KuZina says:

    I want to try EVERYTHING here!!!!!!! These look beautiful!!!

  3. KuZina says:

    These look BEAUTIFUL! I want to try everything here!

  4. sugaredpecan says:

    Oh my, this sounds soooo good!

  5. Chef Nusy says:

    Wow! Looks pretty! Yours didn’t “rise apart” as hard as mine in the oven…
    My mom also makes little pouches from the same dough, filled with a cottage cheese and raisin stuffing… Those are quite delectable, too!
    Thanks for liking the herb version!

  6. Lovely! I love how so many different cultures have a version of this Easter bread!

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