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Greek Easter Bread

Submitted by: Mary on 03/30/2003
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Ingredients

CRIMSON EGGS:

4 Hard cooked eggs

1 C Water

1 T Red food coloring

1 t White vinegar


BREAD:

1 Box Atkins quick and easy country white bread mix

1 Egg, separated (save white)

1 1/2 C Warm water

4 T Melted butter

1/4 C Granular Splenda

1 t Grated orange rind

4 Crimson eggs

2 T Sliced blanched almonds

Directions

FOR EGGS:



Place eggs in a stanless steel bowl large enough to hold them in a single layer. Bring water, food coloring, and vinegar to a boil.



Pour over eggs and let sit 5 minutes or longer until egg shells absorb color.



Remove eggs from bowl and set aside on a rack to dry.



FOR BREAD:



Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place bread mix in a large bowl.



Mix water, butter, egg yolk, Splenda, orange rind, and cinnamon. Add to bread mix and mix with a spoon to form a soft dough. Knead by hand one minute.



Press dough into a 6" X 8" rectangle, then cut lengthwise into 3 strips.



Roll eachs strip into a rope measuring about 22" to 24".



Working directly on the baking sheet, braid the stips.



Shape the braid into a 10" - 12" diameter circle.



Tuck eggs into braid. spacing them evenly.



Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise two hours in a warm, draft-free area, until double in size.



Heat oven to 350 F, about 15 minutes before dough finishes rising. Gently brush the dough with remaining egg white and sprinkle with almonds.



Bake 45 to 60 minutes until golden brown and done to the touch.



Remove from oven and transer to wire rack to cool completely.


Servings

12

Calories

5 grams

Time to prepare

20 minutes

Difficulty

Average
 

Comments

Red eggs are customary, but you may opt for pastels if you prefer.
 
 
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