Ciambellone

Ciambellone

Ciambellone

Ciambellone or Italian Easter Bread is a ring shaped cake is lightly sweetened and flavored with lemon zest and sometimes dried fruit. Romans like to serve it for Easter breakfast.

INGREDIENTS

4 Cups Unbleached Flour

2 Eggs

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

½ Cup Sugar

½ Cup Milk

¼ Teaspoon Cinnamon

1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest

½ Cup Softened Butter

½ Tablespoon Baking Powder

1 Egg

Powdered Sugar For Dusting

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Place the flour on your work surface creating a well in the center. Alternating, add the dry and wet ingredients to the well. After each ingredient is added mix well with your fingers or a fork. Add more flour if needed to make the dough workable. Knead the dough until it is smooth. Shape the dough into a ring. Beat the egg lightly with water. Brush the top of the ring with the egg wash. Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes until golden brown. If you want your ring to be perfectly uniform then you can use a springform pan with the center insert. This will allow you to have a picture perfect ciambellone. Dust the ciambellone with powdered sugar or you could use colored sugar as a topping. Serves 8

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