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Hungarian Egg Twist Bread

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.

A close up of a loaf of Hungarian Egg Twist Bread sitting on a piece of parchment paper.

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.

A loaf of Hungarian Egg Twist Bread with the front slices cut from the front. A jar of jam sits in the background and a knife with jam sits on the front slice of 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.

A loaf of Hungarian Egg Twist Bread with the front slices cut from the front. A jar of jam sits in the background and a knife with jam sits on the front slice of bread.

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 a 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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Hungarian Egg Twist Bread Recipe

Hungarian Egg Twist bread is perfect for everyday or dressed up for a special occasion. You can sprinkle in nuts and dried fruit or other additions to this sweetened bread or eat it as is.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Servings 24 slices
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

*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

Nutrition

Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 40mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Here are the other beautiful breads from this month’s Bread Bakers group!


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Two photo collage for Pinterest. The top photo is of a loaf of Hungarian Egg Twist Bread. The bottom photo is of the loaf of Hungarian Egg Twist Bread with the front slices cut from the front. A jar of jam sits in the background and a knife with jam sits on the front slice of bread.

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Two photo collage for Pinterest. The top photo is of a loaf of Hungarian Egg Twist Bread. The bottom photo is of the loaf of Hungarian Egg Twist Bread with the front slices cut from the front. A jar of jam sits in the background and a knife with jam sits on the front slice of bread.
Recipe Rating




Mike

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

Sweetbread like this spells Holiday season. Love the flavor

shilpiprasad9

Sunday 26th of April 2015

Lovely bread.

thehealthyfoodblogger

Friday 24th of April 2015

Your bread looks so good!

Julie is Hostess At Heart

Saturday 25th of April 2015

Thank you so much! I love baking bread.

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Friday 24th of April 2015

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Angie

Thursday 23rd of April 2015

Beautiful bread!!

Julie is Hostess At Heart

Friday 24th of April 2015

Thank you Angie! I hope you have an FFF! Fantastic Fiesta Friday!!!