Pane di Pasqua is Italian for “Bread of Easter”. This sweet bread is studded with colored whole eggs and is traditionally served at Easter as well as other important occasions.
Last week it was a Greek Easter celebration with Koulourakia (Greek Easter cookies). Today we are going to Italy.
This weekend we attended my son’s First Communion Retreat and watched a short video titled “Grandma’s Bread” that told a poignant story about Nonna’s special Easter Bread – the Pane di Pasqua. I almost cried when the family donated Nonna’s pans and her handwritten recipe book. NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Luckily her grandson hid them so in the end the family could recreate the bread for his first communion celebration.
Please write down your family’s special recipes. If you are fortunate enough to have recipes in Nonna, Abuela, Oma, Mimi, Grandma’s own writing, treasure it! Even if you never try the recipes. Promise? Okay, back to the bread.
One of the catechists made 4 of these breads for the 119 kids and their parents. She was also kind enough to share the recipe. But there weren’t enough copies to go around, so I volunteered to post it here. Which means I had to make it first to get pictures and check the recipe.
The recipe had a few errors in it such as listing 5 hard boiled eggs in the ingredients and then telling you to soft boil 6 eggs in the directions. If you want to spend your day cleaning egg bits out of your oven, go ahead and use pre-boiled eggs. They will pop like popcorn sending egg and shell all over. Use raw eggs and they will bake in the shell.
I wrote the directions with plenty of tips for first time bread makers. Don’t let bread intimidate you. Most breads are easy to make and this one is no exception. Here’s a short video showing you the basic steps of this recipe.
I told you it was easy!
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