Easter Bird's Nest Bread Recipe

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Easter Bird's Nest Bread
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  1. Sprinkle yeast onto warm water in a mixing bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 1/2 cups flour until smooth, then cover and set aside in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  2. Cream together the shortening, 1 cup of sugar, and salt in a bowl. Add the 2 eggs and egg white, one at a time, mixing until smooth between each addition. Stir in the yeast mixture along with the lemon zest, lemon juice, and remaining 3 1/4 cups flour until a smooth dough is formed. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
  3. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  4. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into four equal size rounds; cover and let rest for 2 minutes. Roll each round into a long rope about 18 inches long.
  5. Grease two large baking sheets. Using the two long pieces of dough, form a loosely braided ring on one of the baking sheets, leaving spaces for three colored eggs. Seal the ends of the ring together and use your fingers to slide the eggs between the braids of dough. Repeat to form second loaf. Cover, and let rise until doubled in bulk , or until your finger leaves a dent when the bread is gently pressed, about 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Beat egg yolk together with 1 tablespoon heavy cream; set aside.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, then brush on egg yolk mixture and decorate with candy sprinkles. Continue to bake until the loaves are dark brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom, 30 to 40 minutes.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 2416.23 Kcal (10116 kJ)
Calories from fat 950.21 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 105.58g 162%
Cholesterol 828.68mg 276%
Sodium 2100.32mg 88%
Potassium 785.8mg 17%
Total Carbs 302.2g 101%
Sugars 67.26g 269%
Dietary Fiber 12.15g 49%
Protein 65.05g 130%
Vitamin C 6mg 10%
Iron 7.6mg 42%
Calcium 180mg 18%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 332.19 Kcal (1391 kJ)
Calories from fat 130.64 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.52g 162%
Cholesterol 113.93mg 276%
Sodium 288.76mg 88%
Potassium 108.04mg 17%
Total Carbs 41.55g 101%
Sugars 9.25g 269%
Dietary Fiber 1.67g 49%
Protein 8.94g 130%
Vitamin C 0.8mg 10%
Iron 1mg 42%
Calcium 24.8mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 56.3
  • 65

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar,
  • High in Total Fat

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