Monday, March 18, 2013

An Osterkranz (Easter Bread) for 12 Loaves


When I saw this month's 12 Loaves Challenge (Holiday Breads) over at Cake Duchess, I immediately thought of all the bright and beautiful treats that popped up in Germany bakeries this time of year. 


One of the most popular is a traditional Osterkranz (Easter wreath) which is usually a large  braided wreath shaped sweet bread studded with colored Easter eggs.



Instead of a large wreath, I shaped these into mini versions and placed a decorated egg in the middle. All varieties of seeds and other ingredients and be added to the dough or sprinkled on top. I left mine plain and used colored non pareils to decorate for pops of color.



I have a few recipes for this bread in my collection of vintage German cookbooks but instead of using one of those and translating it here, I used a simple recipe I found on the website of the German Mission to the United States.



The result was sweet doughy delight.  A perfect Easter brunch treat.

12 comments:

  1. These are so cool! I've never heard of them before :)

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    1. Yay! I make these loaves every year. They are my favorite part of easter!

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  2. Ah! LOVE IT! I will reblog this!! And make it!

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  3. Glorious. Making the smaller wreaths really make these look like little nests. Love them :)

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    1. These look so gorgeous and colorful, it'd be hard to eat them!! Hmmm... I guess I'd manage :).

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  4. What pretty breads. I love the braids and all the colors!

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  5. LOVE the mini wreaths and the bright colors. So much more snazzy than the other versions I've seen. You're making me hungry!

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  6. Oh wow they look awesome!!! Love the breads, love the colours, love it all!

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  7. What a special treat! I would love to find one of these beauties at my plate on Easter!

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  8. So pretty, Lora. I love to see your creations. Your colored eggs are so perfect for spring and your bread is delightful:)) Thank you for baking with #TwelveLoaves this month. xx

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