I've always enjoyed those pretty loaves of bread studded with brightly colored Easter eggs, although I've never made one before. This seemed like the perfect recipe to celebrate An Egg is Quiet. What's unique about this recipe is that you place the eggs in the bread uncooked, and they then become "hard-boiled" in the oven.
You can dye the eggs if you like, but I like how the natural brown eggs look with the cinnamon topping, just like eggs sitting on a perfect, round nest. This makes it a perfect treat for any time of year, not just at Easter.
Eggs in a Nest Bread
For the Bread
- 3 teaspoons instant or fast-acting yeast
- 4 cups all purpose flour (you can substitute 1/2 white whole wheat, if you want)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (around 110-115 degrees Fahrenheit)
- 3 to 6 raw eggs
For the Egg Wash and Cinnamon Topping
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine yeast, flour, salt, and sugar. Process until combined.
- With machine running, slowly pour in warm water. Once water is added, continue processing until dough comes together into a ball, around 30-45 seconds.
- Place dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a flour sack towel or plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled.
- Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. After dough has risen, punch down. Place on a piece of parchment paper, and divide into two equal pieces. Make two long, skinny ropes of dough, around 20 inches long.
- Bring the two ropes together and twist all the way down. Form twist into a ring, and place on the parchment paper on a baking sheet.
- Nestle eggs in between twists of dough.
- Make the egg wash: Beat 1 egg with 1 tablespoon water. Brush all over formed loaf.
- Make cinnamon-sugar topping: Stir together cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle over bread.
- Bake bread for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown.