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this is a sweet yeast bread with hardboiled egg in the middle. i started in thursday evening and finished baking after work saturday...made the four "small loaves" came out the size of 10" dinner plate! enjoy
nana's easter breads (cuzzupi)
makes 2 large or 4 small wreaths (recipe may be doubled)
2 packets active dry yeast
1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
10 to 12 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, divided (see note), plus some to dust the kneading surface
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 to 14 large eggs, divided
1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus some to grease the bowl
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 egg yolk mixed with 1 table spoon water, for the glaze
nonstick cooking spray
1. dissolve the yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1 cup warm (110-degree) water. let stand until bubbly, about 5 minutes.
2. meanwhile, in a large bowl stir together 10 cups of the flour, the remaining sugar, the cinnamon and salt.
3. in a small bowl, mix 8 of the eggs, the 1/4 cup oil, and the butter. add the yeast mixture, stirring until just blended.
4. pour the wet ingredients over the dry ones. beat by hand, or with an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until blended. (as the dough begins to stiffen, replace the paddle with the dough hook.) if needed, beat in some of the remaining 2 cups flour to make a fairly stiff dough. knead until smooth and glossy, about 15 minutes in the mixer or 20 minutes by hand on a lightly floured surface.
5. place the dough in a very large oiled bowl or pot. cover with plastic wrap and a towel. let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled, about 4 hours or overnight. press dough down to release the air and let it rest for 20 minutes.
6. on a lightly floured surface, pull off pieces of dough and gently roll them into ropes: if making large wreaths, roll 4 long (18-inch-by-2-inch) ropes and 12 shorter ones (4-inch-by-1/4-inch). if making small wreaths, roll 8 (12-inch-by-2-inch) ropes, plus 8 shorter ones (4-inch-by-1/4-inch).
7. to make each wreath, place 2 long ropes side by side and twist them together. dab the ends with a bit of egg glaze and join them to form a circle. place the wreaths on cookie sheets that have been lightly coated with nonstick cooking spray.
8. we like to set 3 hard-cooked eggs into each large wreath and 1 into the small wreaths. to do this, choose 3 spots on each large wreath, separate the twisted dough enough to nestle an egg inside, and insert egg. for small wreaths, place the egg in the center opening. flatten the remaining ropes slightly and place 2 of them in the form of a cross over each egg to hold it in place. brush the ropes with some egg glaze to seal them to the wreaths.
9. cover with a towel. let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
10. brush wreaths with remaining glaze. bake in a preheated 325-degree oven until browned and a knife inserted in the thickest part comes out clean, about 30 to 40 minutes.
note: because this dough is very stiff, i recommend using all-purpose flour. bread flour has more protein and so requires more kneading to activate the gluten. on humid days, start with 8 to 10 cups flour.
if you mix the dough on holy thursday, you can let it rise overnight twice (press it down once on friday) and bake on saturday. the extra rising will give the bread more flavor and a finer texture.
per slice, based on 30 slices per large wreath: 126 calories, 4 grams protein, 22 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams sugar, 3 grams fat, 47 milligrams cholesterol, 33 milligrams sodium, 0.7 milligram fiber.
p.s.: all time record 30 sec to find a doz eggs and youngest got the most!! glad this is all i need to worry about these days, it's worth the lost sleep, lol....they let me sleep in till 8:55am.
friday nursing supervisor told me she was going into philladelphia to get 'real kielbasi' from polish store. i asked if she'd get me a lb. and also they had all kinds of pierogi at polska deli. few blocks away. she had chicken scratch address from another nurse. i pulled it up on mapquest, printed map and told her how to get there as my old homecare territory that i greatly miss. sure enough, she came through yesterday! sandy said she cooked hers friday eve it was so good, she won"t wait till next year, but will be down there again in one month. lol. kids devowered it all this morning!
happy easter all!!