Easter - that means spring for me, finally.
The houses and gardens are already decorated and on every proporty you will find at least one tree or bush which is decorated with colorful eggs.
For me it is time to bake an Easter bread. But what does the Easter bread actually stand for and why do we eat this bread during the Easter time?
At Easter the 40-day Lenten season ends, which begins on Ash Wednesday. From Good Friday on you can start to feast again, like the Easter bread. The Easter bread is sweet and after the Lenten season you can indulge yourself in food rich in calories and sugar. The round shape of the bread and its saffron-yellow colour represent the power of the sun, the fruit expresses the desire for a fertile year. In addition, the symbols also refer to the Christian faith, because the sun means Jesus as the light of the world. Accordingly, the cross-cut on the top of the bread is also a Christian symbol.
If you want to bake some Easter bread, you will find my recipe for a delicious Easter bread below. I changed the shape of my Easter bread into a heart.
2 sachets vanilla sugar
70g soft butter
1 sachet dry yeast
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
200ml milk lukewarm
250g raisins (or without if you don't like raisins)
Mix the dry yeast with sugar and the lukewarm milk and let it swell for about 10-15 minutes in a warm place.
In a separate bowl mix the flour, raisins, salt, lemon juice and then form a hollow in the middle. In this hollow you put the two eggs and the swollen yeast mixture.
Now knead the dough either firmly by hand or use a food processor.
If the dough is too sticky add more flour until you have a
Let the dough rise again for 30-45 minutes in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size.
You can form the dough in two different ways. Either as a round cake in cake tin or braid the dough. Then let it rest for another 15 minutes.
Now bake the dough in a preheated oven at 165°C / 330°F for about 30 to 35 minutes until the bread is golden brown.