Hungarian Egg Twist bread is perfect for every day or a special occasion. You can sprinkle nuts or other additions into this sweetened bread or eat it as is.
John’s parents came over for Easter dinner. I don’t know anyone who enjoys baked bread as much as my mother-in-law so I always enjoy having some freshly baked bread when we have them over. I knew she would love this Hungarian Egg Twist Bread.
My bread recipe submission was also due with #BreadBakers. The theme this month was Easter, Passover and Springtime Bread from Around the World, which was perfect timing for my Easter dinner.
One thing that I learned is that there are often variations of the same bread in other countries. The Hungarian egg twist is also referred to as fonott kalacs. Kalacs (kaw-lahch) refer to any yeast-raised cake or sweet bread. They are braided and can be in a loaf or in a circle. They can also be sprinkled with walnuts or fruits.
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John loves freshly baked bread too but doesn’t like raisins or nuts in baked goods, so I made my bread without either. I do baby that boy. This bread is slightly sweet and has a hint of fresh lemon. It’s also delicious and makes great toast with jam.
The instructions said to bake this bread for 50 minutes or 190 degrees F. I checked my bread at 40 minutes and it was already at 206 degrees F. Next time I will check my bread at 30 minutes. I enjoyed making this bread and will make it again.
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- 1 cup milk *scalded and cooled to 110 degrees F
- 1 tsp sugar
- 4 tsp active dry yeast
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 ounces butter 1 stick, softened and cut into pieces
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup light raisins optional
- 1 large egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon milk
Stir 1 teaspoon of sugar and yeast into cooled scalded milk and let sit for 5 minutes or until activated.
In the bowl of a stand-up mixer, fitted with a dough hook, combine flour, salt, butter, sugar, 2 eggs, zest, and raisins. Mix until dough is smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a well-oiled bowl, turning the dough once to coat both sides. Cover with greased plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled in a warm place (1 to 1-1/2 hours).
When risen, punch down dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut into three equal sized pieces and allow to rest covered about 5 minutes. Roll each piece of dough into a 20-inch rope. Braid the three pieces into one long twist or join ends into a circle. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, tucking ends under. Cover with greased plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled (1 hour).
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine the egg yolk and the milk together. Brush over entire surface of the braid. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 190 degrees F. Tent with foil if crust browns too quickly. Let rest at least 20 minutes before slicing.
*Scalding milk is heating it to 180 degrees F. It used to be done to kill bacteria in the milk and to kill the enzyme that prevented thickening. This isn't the case anymore with pasteurized milk, but it is still done because it also makes cake spongy and breads light. Adapted from https://www.thespruce.com/eastern-european-easter-bread-recipes
Here are the other beautiful breads from this month’s Bread Bakers group!
- Bacci Bread by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Casatiello by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Colomba Pasquale (Easter Dove Bread) by Cook’s Hideout
- Cornish Saffron Easter Bread by Pastry Chef Online
- Folar (Portuguese Easter Bread) by Passion Kneaded
- Hot Cross Buns by En la Cocina de Caro
- Hungarian Egg Twist by Hostess at Heart
- Hungarian White Bread by Magnolia Days
- Individual Braided Easter Bread by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Italian Easter Bread by La Cocina de Aisha
- Lambropsomo – Greek Easter Bread by Spice Roots
- Lithuanian Easter Raisin Bread by My Catholic Kitchen
- Matzo by A Shaggy Dough Story
- Mennonite Paska by Food Lust People Love
- Pääsiäisleipä – Finnish Easter Bread by Bakers and Best
- Pane di Pasqua – Italian Easter Bread Wreath by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Russian Kulich by That’s My Home
- Springtime Sweet Bread by Cooking club
- Strawberry Fritters by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Tsoureki (Greek Easter Bread) by Simply Veggies
What is Bread Bakers? It’s a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Bread Bakers Pinterest Board. Links are updated after each event on the Bread Bakers home page.
How is the monthly theme determined? We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.
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Here are a few of my other favorite bread recipes for Bread Bakers!