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Easter Traditions and Easter Brunch Recipe

Thank you to Chef Annette from the South Bay School of Cooking in Manhattan Beach, Calif. for sharing this information and cinnamon swirl bun recipe.
The celebration of Easter is celebrated by Christians all over the world. Most western Christians observe Easter on the first Sunday after the first full moon that appears after the first day of spring according to the Gregorian calendar. Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter according to the Julian calendar and Easter must follow after Jewish Passover. In Europe, some food traditions are the same or similar with the use of the egg as a focal point of new life and lamb as the highlight of the Easter meal.

Luscious yeast breads play an important roll as well. British hot cross buns are a favorite. Greek tsoureki–a braid with red dyed eggs baked into the sweet dough is a sign of fertility.  Other Eastern countries have a variety of babkas specific to the holiday. However yeast breads take time and many people find it difficult to master. Below, I’ve included an easy recipe fit for any Easter brunch table. Have a great holiday!

Easy Orange Cinnamon Swirls
Makes 18-20

1 loaf    Bridgeford frozen bread dough
½ c       butter, softened
½ c       sugar
1 T       finely grated orange peel
1 tsp     ground cinnamon
Defrost dough in the refrigerator overnight. Remove dough from the refrigerator 2-2½ hours before baking and roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thick rectangle. Mix the softened butter, sugar, orange peel, and cinnamon in a bowl. Spread over the dough. Roll up the dough along the long edge. Cut the rolls into one inch slices with dental floss. Place in greased muffin cups and place in warm area of kitchen. Let rise until doubled in bulk for about one hour.
Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool before icing.

Orange Icing
1 c        powdered sugar
1 1/3  T  juice from orange
1 tsp    grated orange peel
Mix ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. Pour over cooled rolls.

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