Bake Italian Easter Sweet Bread

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Need a special food to serve at Easter? Try this Italian Easter Sweet Bread recipe! I have a very old cookbook from Rubbermaid Employees that I am using to put up recipes that are unusual, hard to find, or are just different in case any searchers are looking for hard to find recipes they remember from childhood. So far, the recipes are getting lots of views, so I will keep going. This recipe looks like a great accompaniment to serve at your Easter meal to family and to guests or anytime. Have fun and Happy Baking!

Step 1

Dissolve 2 cakes of yeast in 1/4 C lukewarm milk, set aside until bubbly.

Step 2

In a large mixing bowl, mix together 1 1/2 sticks plus 2 T. of melted butter, 1 C sugar, 1 t. salt, 1 T. Lemon extract, 1 T. Pure Vanilla Extract, and 1 T. Anise Extract.

Step 3

Add 8 slightly beaten large eggs and the yeast mixture to the bowl alternately with 5 C all-purpose flour to form a soft dough.

Step 4

Knead dough until smooth on a lightly floured surface. Cover dough and let it rise until doubled (about 2 1/2 – 3 hours).

Step 5

Divide the dough into 3 equal parts and shape into loaves in 3 greased loaf pans. Cover pans and let dough rise until it doubles again.

Step 6

Brush tops of risen bread dough with 1 beaten large egg. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes at 375 degrees or until done.  Cool for 5 minutes and turn bread out onto platter. Slice when still warm and serve with butter and whatever else you like.

Step 7

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