Harsh words, I know. Especially harsh since this is an easy recipe and the bread tastes quite good. The kids even had a great time being in charge of coloring and drizzling the glaze. But you know when you associate a specific food with someone, or someplace, or some specific time?
Well, that's what it's like with me and Easter Bread. My first Easter Bread experience was one made by lovely Italian woman with a big heart and bigger personality. Dipped into coffee, it was heaven and a completely new experience. Easter bread didn't exist before then; I had never even heard of it before.
The fact is, no other Easter Bread will be the same to me. I guess it's like when nothing tastes better than the grilled cheese your mom makes, or the sugar cookies your grandma made when you were seven. . So yes, I've tasted Easter Bread and this isn't it but it could be the beginning of your Easter Bread tradition ... the recipe is from Stanley Tucci's recipe book ... so I'm guessing it's his favorite.
My favorite will always be the one I first tasted, no matter how many other Easter Breads come my way.
The April Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Wolf of Wolf’s Den. She challenged us to Spring into our kitchens and make Easter breads reflecting cultures around the world.
If you haven't heard of the Daring Baker's, you should check out their website. Every month there is a new challenge - one for bakers and one for cooks...so if you want to push the boundaries of your kitchen talents and have some fun please join!