This weekend, families across the world will be celebrating Easter. For some, this holiday marks a deeply personal and profound time of reflection. Easter, much like Christmas, is also regarded as especially fun for children because of the noticeable symbols of the holiday like bunnies and colorfully dyed eggs. The Easter Bunny or Easter Hare, originated from Germany Lutherans, who depicted the bunny as a judge, evaluating whether children were good or bad. In the German folklore, the bunny also carried colorful eggs, sweets , and sometimes toys to children on the eve of Easter. The custom was first mentioned in 1682 and has evolved to what it is today. While chocolate bunnies and dyed eggs are a staple in modern traditions, Easter is celebrated in many ways both religiously and commercially. How does your family celebrate Easter?
A common German Easter tradition is to bake Osterkranz, which literally translates into Easter wreath. Osterkranz is a sweet bread made of yeast dough that is braided into a wreath and adorned with colorfully dyed hard-boiled eggs. It is a very cozy tradition wherein families get together and bake the sweet bread cake on Easter Sunday.
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As we begin preparing for the holiday, we’d like to share Jamie Oliver’s recipe on how to make Osterkranz.
500g plain (spelt) wheat flour
42g lump of yeast
250ml whole milk, lukewarm
50g unsalted butter
1 pinch of salt
1 tbsp vanilla sugar
lemon zest of one lemon
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
4-6 hard boiled and colored eggs
Take eggs and butter out of the fridge.
Sieve flour in a bowl, add sugar and make a well.
Pour in tepid milk and add crumbled yeast. Cover and put in a warm place to let rise for 15 min.
Add butter, salt, egg, vanilla sugar, lemon zest and knead very well until the dough peels away from your hands and the bowl.
Cover and put in a warm place again to rise to double size for about one hour.
Knead and divide the dough into 4-6 equal parts. Divide each into 3 equal parts and form about 30 cm rolls of each part. Put the ends together and make a plait. Connect the ends and form a wreath.
Put the 4-6 wreaths on baking tray with a sheet of baking paper. Brush all wreaths with the egg yolk. Place the hard boiled eggs in the middle of each wreath.
Put in the cold oven and set temperature to 180°C. Bake for 20-30 min.
HAPPY EASTER TO ALL OUR IKKI FRIENDS!
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