WOW your family and guests this Easter with this delicious Easter Basket Bread Cake. The sweet bread combined with surprise chocolate egg bites is just so much fun! This is the perfect addition to any Easter brunch table.
Here is what you’ll need:
Large bowl or Basket to serve and display
Edible Easter Grass for garnish
Kinder chocolate eggs
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) Quick Rise yeast
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, cut into 12 pieces
Mix 2 1/2 cups flour and yeast in mixing bowl, using the paddle attachment, on low for about 30 seconds.
Heat milk, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and milk is between 120º to 130º.
With mixer on low, pour in liquids and mix until incorporated. Add eggs one at a time. Continue mixing until a shaggy dough forms.
Clean off paddle and switch to dough hook. Mix in the remaining 1 cup flour a little at a time, adding more or less flour as needed to make a soft dough.
Add the softened butter, a piece at a time, kneading until each piece of butter is absorbed. Knead for eight minutes on low. The dough should completely clear the sides of the bowl. If it is too sticky, add additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing in thoroughly before determining if more flour is needed. If the dough seems too dry, spritz with water from a spray bottle a couple of times, mixing in thoroughly before determining if more water is needed. Every 2 minutes, stop the machine, scrape the dough off the hook, and then continue kneading.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times by hand to be sure it’s smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball. Place dough into a greased bowl. Turn once so greased surface is on top. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Then, cut dough into 3 even pieces. Roll out the pieces until they are about two feet long. Then braid them together. Twirl the braid into a circle and place on a greased baking sheet. Hide the Cadbury chocolate eggs within the dough. It is so much fun pulling pieces of the bread and getting a bite with the chocolate! Then cover and let sit for another hour at room temp. before baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 350º. Bake the cake until it is golden brown, 20–35 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes on baking sheet and then place it on a cooling rack to cool completely.
Once the bread has cooled finish placing the rest of your chocolate eggs on the top of your basket.
Take your large bowl or basket and line it with the edible sugar grass.
Carefully place the bread in the center and its ready to serve!
*Dough only recipe from https://www.barbarabakes.com/mardi-gras-king-cake/