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Instant Pot Italian Easter Bread Recipe (with video)

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Instant Pot Italian Easter Bread is a sweet Italian Easter bread that offers a stunning presentation. A tender sweet bread with a colorful Easter egg center. 

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Also known as Easter egg bread! Whatever you call this sweet bread recipe, you will devour it. 

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I used my Instant Pot to speed up the process of proofing my Italian Easter bread

It worked amazing, but if you don’t own a pressure cooker proof your bread the old fashioned way!

This bread is similar to challah egg bread. 

Italian Easter Bread Recipe

What Is Easter Bread?

Easter bread with the colorful and bright egg center uses yeast to allow for the raised dough. I used an active dry yeast for this recipe. 

This bread is a very easy Easter bread recipe, that you can make. It is a very traditional bread. I have more Easter recipes if you are interested.

How Do You Shape Easter Bread Rings

I made 3 Easter rings out of my dough and one extra mini one for my son. Shaping your Italian Bread is easy. 

After you work over the dough you will cut into 6-8 equal pieces. Then roll out each piece of dough to let it stretch a bit. 

Think of it like rolling a big snake out of play-doh. Once you have 2 pieces of bread dough the same length you pinch one end together and then twist the dough. 

Once it is fully twisted make a circle. Then place your colored egg in the center. 

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Decorating Easter Italian Bread

For this recipe of Italian bread I reached for poppy seeds. I wanted a very simple look to add a slight pop of color. 

Now many recipes you find will use colored sprinkles and some even drizzle on a powdered sugar glaze for added sweetness like a cinnamon roll

Do I Need an Instant Pot To Make This Recipe

No, you don’t have to have an instant pot to use this recipe. It will just take a bit longer to allow your dough to rise. 

The instant pot when used in the yogurt setting helps to speed up the rising process of the dough. It shaved off sometime but you don’t have to have it. 

Are The Eggs In Center Hard Boiled

If you don’t cook the eggs in the center of the Easter bread you will find it offers a medium-hard texture. 

Now if you want a hard-boiled egg, you can pre-cook eggs to hard-boiled and then use. It will slightly overcook the eggs. So I tend to do the medium-hard eggs. 

Do You Eat The Eggs in Italian Easter Bread

You can eat the eggs if you would like. If you choose to eat the eggs you need to eat them when fresh off the cooked bread. 

Otherwise, you run the risk of getting sick from eating an egg that has sat out too long. 

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How to Store

If you don’t eat all the bread right away you can remove the eggs and toss them out. Then place your cooled bread in an airtight container or sealable bag. 

Store the bread on the counter if you would like. This Easter sweet bread is best warm so you will find it dries out slightly as it is stored. 

Freezing Easter Sweet Bread

You can easily freeze any of the bread you don’t plan to eat. Place in freezer-friendly container or bag. 

Store the bread in the freezer for up to 3 months. Toss out the eggs before you freeze the bread. The egg will spoil and be uneditable. 

Can You Proof Dough Without Yogurt Setting

Unfortunately, you need the warm setting of the yogurt setting. Using the warm on the saute mode will get too hot and ruin your dough.

So for proofing the dough in the Instant Pot you do need the yogurt setting.

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Italian Easter Bread Recipe

Instant Pot Italian Easter Bread

Yield: 21 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 8 minutes

Instant Pot Italian Easter Bread is a sweet Italian Easter bread that offers a stunning presentation. A tender sweet bread with a colorful Easter egg center.


  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 4 cups all purpose flour + extra for rolling out
  • 3 dyed Easter eggs (can be raw or hard boiled)

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon water


  • Poppyseeds
  • or sprinkles


  1. The first thing you want to do is pour your milk and diced butter into a microwave safe container, and heat until it reaches 105 degrees. I did 30 second intervals.
  2. In a larger bowl you will add your sugar, salt, and active dry yeast. Once the milk mixture reaches the right temperature, pour into the sugar mixture, do a quick stir and let sit 5 minutes.
  3. You want to see the yeast begin to foam. This means your yeast is active, and it worked. If it doesn't bubble up, your yeast is dead and it won't work.
  4. Once yeast is active you will begin to slowly add in some of your flour and mix. And then add in your beaten 2 eggs, and finish off with the flour.
  5. When my dough seems pretty mixed and formed and slightly sticky to the touch, I then place the Easter sweet bread dough in a parchment-lined inner Instant Pot pan.
  6. I turn the yogurt setting on for 30 minutes. Place a glass lid on top of the Instant Pot.
  7. Once your dough has doubled in size, lay out on a floured surface. I then knead the bread a bit to remove any sticky texture left on the sweet bread dough.
  8. Form into a rectangle and slice 6-8 lines of dough. Then roll out each dough like a snake and then pinch two pieces of the dough together and twist all the way down. You can see how I did it in my video.
  9. Once twisted, roll into a circle and then lay out on a parchment lined baking pan.
  10. Mix up your egg and water for the egg wash and brush onto the dough, followed by a sprinkle of poppyseeds or even sprinkles. Gently place the colored Easter egg in the center of the rolled up bread. Do not push it down or it will sink.
  11. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake 15-18 minutes or until the bread is fully cooked through. If you use raw eggs, they will come out medium-hard texture if you eat them.
  12. Remove the cooked bread from the pan immediately and place on a cooling rack.
  13. Slice or pull apart and enjoy.


If you don't want to make into circle rings you can cook in a big loaf as well.

Each Easter bread ring can serve 6 people.

No Instant Pot Method:

If you don't want to proof the dough in the Instant Pot just follow the directions above. Then place dough in a bowl and cover for 1 hour. And then return to the steps as directed.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 21 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 41mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 5g
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Sunday 3rd of January 2021

Sorry this doesn't fit in catagory of instant pot recipes because it requires an oven or other method of browning or baking! I don't have that means so these are not instant pot recipes only assisted by instant pot!!!


Sunday 3rd of January 2021

Sorry, you feel that way, Dave. I love using my Instant Pot as a way to proof dough.

Claire Hackett

Saturday 11th of April 2020

I never even heard of Easter Bread before. This was delicious! Thank you!


Sunday 12th of April 2020

So glad you enjoyed it!


Saturday 4th of April 2020

Hi can you actually cook the bread in the instant pot or just an oven?


Saturday 4th of April 2020

It can steam in the Instant pot I find it tastes best when done in the oven as it gets golden brown, which it can't in the IP.

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