Trinity Easter Bread
A traditional Greek bread, which according to tradition represents the Trinity. At Easter time, each person is served a slice from each of the breads.
This recipe is featured at My Kitchen Addiction.
This recipe makes One large coffee bread
|Bread Flour||4 to 4+1/2 cups|
|Active Dry Yeast||4+1/2 tsp|
|Butter or margarine||1/3 cup|
|Grated lemon rind||2 TBSP|
|Maraschino cherries, well drained and halved||1 jar (10 oz.)|
In large mixer bowl, combine 1+1/2 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt; mix well. In saucepan, heat water, milk and butter to 120-130°F; butter does not need to melt. Add to flour mixture. Add eggs. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, stir in lemon rind, cherries and enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic, 5 to 8 minutes. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe.
Punch down dough. Divide into 3 parts. Shape each third into a smooth ball. On greased large cookie sheet, place 3 balls together in shape of a cloverleaf. Cover; let rise in warm place until indentation remains after lightly touching. Bake at 375°F for 30 to 35 minutes. If too dark, cover loosely with foil last 5 to 10 minutes of baking. Remove from cookie sheet; cool. Drizzle with Powdered Sugar Glaze and garnish with chopped nuts and cherries, if desired.
Powdered Sugar Glaze:
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon softened butter or margarine
1 to 2 tablespoons hot water or milk
In small bowl, blend ingredients until smooth.
You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast for Active Dry Yeast. Traditional methods- replace 1:1. Expect your dough to rise faster; always let your dough rise until ‘ripe’. Bread Machines- use 1/2 tsp Instant yeast (or 3/4 tsp Active Dry yeast) per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information.