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Recipe for family meals :

Ciambellone - Italian Easter Bread

Deborah Mele in FlorenceThis recipe comes from the web site of Deborah Mele, Italian Food Forever.

"My love affair with Italian cooking began almost 30 years ago when I married into a large Italian family, overflowing with talented cooks. Throughout the early years of my marriage, I had the opportunity to learn the basics of Italian cuisine, and to perfect traditional family recipes."

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"This is a traditional Easter Bread recipe that is a cross between a cake and a bread, with a nice texture well suited to be served at breakfast or with coffee".


12 cups flour
6 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups of sugar
2 cups of milk
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup crisco oil
2 teaspoons baking powder
Zest from 1 1/2 lemons, finely chopped

Granulated sugar
Colored sprinkles

  • Make a mound with the flour on a board or the counter, creating a well in the center.
  • Using a fork or your fingers, begin alternating the liquid and other dry ingredients into the well, mixing into the flour at the sides.
  • Continue to mix until all the ingredients are combined.
  • Begin to knead the dough and continue until it is smooth.
  • Divide into 4 equal parts and shape into coils.
  • Brush the tops lightly with the milk, and sprinkle on both the sugar and the sprinkles.
  • Bake in 350ºF oven for about 40 minutes or until golden in color.

Makes 4

Deborah Mele
Italian Food Forever

Chi Mangia Bene, Mangia Italiano
(Those Who Eat Well, Eat Italian)

© Deborah Mele, Italian Food Forever