We have a long-standing tradition of making Easter bread in my family. For the past 15 years or so, the bread-making has been done by my grandmother and me. Being of Italian descent, we favor a dense (not fluffy or airy by any stretch of the imagination), slightly sweet egg bread made with plenty of anise seeds. We also make the bread into specific shapes, depending on the purpose/recipient:
Little girls (and I, of course) get a doll shape, complete with apron and skirt hem (I've been jazzing them up a bit over the past few years, adding details here and there). Boys get a horseshoe with boiled eggs nestled into both ends. My grandmothers' friends and relatives of her generation get her usual oval loaves, while the rest of the family (adults) receive whatever special fancy shapes (braided, doughnut, etc.) I come up with that year. All loaves get an egg wash and a shake of tiny round sprinkles before baking (ok, every year I put a lot of candy on the kids' breads and every year I get yelled at, but I figure that if it will get them appreciate the tradition, then that's a good thing).
The most popular method of enjoying Easter bread among my relatives is to dunk it in a cup of American coffee.
How about you? Does your family have an Easter bread tradition, and if so, what kind? Or do you buy it? Where?
Buona Pasqua :)
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