Do you know how the well-known Easter wreath is made ? These days we have brought you many Easter and Holy Week recipes typical of national cuisine, but today we wanted to bring you a classic of German pastries on these dates, the Osterkranz or what the same is the Easter Crown .
The Easter crown is a German recipe that has many similarities with the typical Monas de Pascua typical of the Spanish Levant, with the Galician Easter thread or even with the Roscón de Reyes .
The steps to make the dough are similar to those of the Monas de Pascua , but then we will shape it into a crown, so we can prepare it a little faster by not having to make different shapes, but only one big one, and we will also have something left over more fluffy. Do you want to know how to prepare it for a delicious Easter snack ?
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Easter Wreath Recipe
- 500g of flour
- 7g dry yeast
- 80g sugar
- 200 ml of warm milk
- 100g butter or margarine
- 2 eggs
- 1 pinch of salt
- lemon peel
- Pearl sugar or sugar to decorate, or sliced almonds
- yolk of an egg
how to make an easter wreath
we make the dough
- Put the flour in a container. Add the yeast and mix well with the flour using a fork.
- Add the sugar, salt, lemon peel, eggs, warm milk and melted butter or margarine and knead it.
rising from the dough
- We cover the bowl with a cloth and put it in the oven for about 20-30 minutes at a maximum temperature of 50 degrees, leaving the oven door ajar with a wooden spoon, until we see that the dough has risen, that is, that has visibly increased its volume.
- We can also heat it in the microwave by covering the bowl with a damp cloth at 80-90 watts for about 8 minutes.
We form the Easter thread
- While the dough rises, cover a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Once the dough has risen, with two thirds of the dough we form 3 or 4 strips of dough of the same size, and intertwining them we form a braid of three or four parts, giving it the shape of a thread.
- With the other third we form a garland by intertwining two strips of dough, also giving it the same thread shape.
- We put the garland on top of the crown and paint the surface with yolk and a tablespoon of milk and finally add laminated almonds or pearl sugar to decorate.
- Pearl sugar is the sugar that, for example, is usually used in roscones de reyes, but it can be difficult to find in stores in Spain. We had a small package brought from Germany, where it is easy to find since it is widely used, what they call hagelzucker .
- If we don’t have pearl sugar, we can use another type of sugar that we think is good for it, or we can add sliced almonds.
- If you want you can put some eggs on top of the dough and bake them next to the crown. When removing the crown from the oven, you can carefully remove the eggs and in the hole they have left you can replace them with colored Easter eggs .
- We place the crown on the oven tray and put it in the oven previously preheated to 220º for about 30-40 minutes, depending on the oven.
- We take it out, let it cool and enjoy it.
How to decorate the Easter wreath
We have decorated it with some colored eggs to give it a festive atmosphere for these dates, but obviously it is a recipe that you can make all year round for breakfast or a snack, accompanied by cocoa and spreading it with butter, jam or cheese.