Fiesta Fall Table Inspo

 

Need some inspiration for your fall table settings? It can be easy to get in a rut and use the same fall color combinations year after year — or not switch out your place settings at all from season to season. But when you have a cupboard full of colorful Fiesta dishes, it’s worth the extra effort to change up your tablescape. We have lots of inspirational ideas for everything from your festive autumnal soirees to everyday dining.

 

Dark and Moody
Whether you’re prepping for Halloween, Dia de los Muertos or just prefer a more sophisticated decor, this tablescape featuring our
Skull and Vine collection is sure to set the mood. We went all black with our linens and added Fiesta flatware in Slate. A few natural elements really allowed the dramatically dark dishes to make a statement. We used a burlap runner, natural basket weave chargers and eucalyptus sprigs.

 

Farmhouse Chic
Using many of the same elements of the tablescape above, we went light and bright for this next setting. Wouldn’t this be gorgeous for Thanksgiving? We used the same black napkins, basket weave chargers, and eucalyptus sprigs and then added pine cones, white flowers, a black and white gingham tablecloth, natural wood flatware, and a galvanized steel tray. White and Sage dinnerware make this tablescape feel rustic, but elegant at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumnal Warmth
Our friends at Sweet Paul Magazine put together the warm colors of fall in a tablescape that’s sure to radiate the joy of the season. New color Daffodil practically glows next to Scarlet, Poppy and Tangerine. Be sure to check out this recipe for Baked Eggs with Potato, Onion and Bacon, the perfect fall comfort food!

 

Back to Nature
This buffet setting brings all the natural colors of fall together for a feast for the eyes. It reminds us of jumping in a pile of freshly fallen leaves! We used Poppy, Scarlet, Sunflower, Lemongrass, Shamrock, and a pop of Turquoise. And for tips on how to set a buffet table, check out our blog post here.

 

Classic Fall
It’s fun to get creative with fall color combinations, but sometimes you just want the comfort of classic autumnal colors. Poppy, Ivory, Slate, and Sage evoke the warmth of the season. This scene makes us just want to carve pumpkins and sip some cider.

What’s your fall table setting look like? We encourage you to post photos to Instagram and use #fallfiesta.

 

 

 

 

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Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

All the best summer memories happen around a freshly baked pie, or at least at Fiesta Dinnerware we like to think so. But gone are the days of grandma’s basic pies (sorry grandma). With fancy decorative pies posted all across social media, we often feel pie envy. Do your pies stack up to what you see on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram?

Fear not, friends. We have some simple pie crust tips and tricks that will make your pies the star of every summer party. And, don’t tell, but we didn’t even make our pies from scratch! Just grab a can of fruit pie filling, add some fresh fruit to the filling, and unroll some pie crust from the refrigerated section of the grocery store. None of these fancy pies took longer than 20 minutes to make. However, all you baking pros out there can feel free to go the homemade route if you choose.

Roses
Roses are so simple to create, but really make a beautiful statement. And in our Large Heart Bowl, how sweet is this pie? Use a knife to cut strips about ½ inch thick. You’ll only need each strip to be about 4 inches long. Create a rose-like spiral, taking care to curl out the “petals” as you wind the dough around itself. Pinch the bottom, but keep the top portion of the petals loose. You’ll make the most realistic roses that way. We took some extra dough to make rose petals, freehand with a knife. Add the roses and leaves to the top of your pie filling. Brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Then bake the pie according to your recipe.

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Shapes
You could easily just cover your pie with a flat crust and poke some holes in the top. But what fun would that be? We think this is the simplest trick of all. Use some cookie cutters to cut shapes out of your freshly rolled dough. Lay them out in a haphazard pattern across the top. Voila! We used star shapes for our summer celebrations, but you could really use any shape at all. Bake as usual.

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Painted Dough
For those who have an artistic flair, this technique is sure to impress. And it’s so easy! We made a cherry pie in our Square Baker. We used a knife to freeform some cherries, stems and leaves. A little egg wash “glued” them to the lattice crust. Then, using a paint brush, we “painted” our cherries with some red and green food coloring. We used our food coloring straight out of the bottle, but you could dilute it with a little water for a watercolor effect. Bake your pie in the oven.

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Braided Crust
Isn’t this braided crust adorable? If you can braid hair, you can pull this off. Cut thin strips of dough, about ¼” thick. Roll each strip to make a smooth snake-like tube. Take three at a time and pinch them together at the top. Then braid them together and pinch at the bottom. You might need to do this 2-3 times to fit the braids all the way around your Pie Baker. Brush the bottom crust with a little egg wash and lightly press the braids onto the bottom crust. Brush the braids with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake as usual.

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Fruit Shapes
We love a crumble topping on a fruit pie. But it’s difficult to determine what flavor is being served until you cut into it. Eliminate any confusion with this easy trick. We made a mini peach pie in our Fiesta Ramekin. But before we put it in the oven, we sliced a peach and created a negative space star, again using cookie cutters (they’re so useful when making pies!).

Simple decorative pie crust ideas from Fiesta Dinnerware

 

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Do you have any tips for making Instagram-worthy pies? We’d love to hear them! Better yet, share your pies with us on social media at Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

And be sure to check out some of our previous posts for Fiesta pie recipes: Mini Confetti Cream Pies, Confetti Cream Pie, Mini Pumpkin Pies, Chicken Pot Pie, and Petite Pies. 

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Skull and Vine Pattern

Photo and cake by our friend Julia Murphy at www.thesugaryshrink.com

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is finally here: our new Skull and Vine pattern is now available for pre-sale and will begin shipping within 30 days!

Skull and Vine is the hauntingly elegant new pattern from Fiesta Dinnerware that features a metallic design on our Foundry cast iron-like finish. Based off the Mexican holiday, Dia de Los Muertos, this pattern also makes a great accompaniment to our Halloween line, or even your every day dishes! Skull and Vine is available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, 11 ¾” Chop Plate, Appetizer Plate, Tapered Mug, and Pasta Bowl.

To complete your Skull and Vine set, we will be releasing textiles, table linens, and Tervis Tumblers in the future as well! Until then, check out our Foundry 3pc Bistro Sets which pair excellently with the Skull and Vine line, or mix and match our bright colors for a real Dia de Los Muertos theme. Based on the overwhelming interest, additional items may be added, too. Let us know which items you’d like added to the line and show us how you’ll decorate your table with Skull and Vine on our Facebook page or on Instagram at @fiestadinnerware.

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St. Patrick’s Day Cereal Bars

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and we wanted to share a treat worthy of a leprechaun’s gold with you: Lucky Charms Cereal Bars!

This colorful cereal is perfect for any St. Paddy’s Day celebration, and gives you an excuse to indulge in a childhood favorite! We can’t remember the last time we bought a box for ourselves and were so nostalgic when opening it that we had to eat a quick bowl before continuing with the recipe. Don’t tell!

Cereal bars are some of the easiest (and tastiest!) sweet snacks you can make, since they only require three ingredients. The best part? They’re perfect for kids and adults! Our only advice is to make sure you serve your bars on colorful Fiesta Dinnerware, to get the whole magical rainbow effect 😉

Share your cereal bar photos with us on Facebook or Instagram and have a delicious St. Paddy’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day Cereal Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 5 tbsp. unsalted butter
  2. 6 cups mini marshmallows
  3. 7 cups Lucky Charms cereal
Instructions
  1. Melt butter over low heat in a large pot.
  2. Stir in mini marshmallows until melted and no lumps remain. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in Lucky Charms cereal until fully coated with butter and marshmallow mixture
  4. Press cereal mixture into a greased 9x13 Fiesta Rectangular Baker and allow to cool.
  5. Enjoy!
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New for Christmas 2017

Get the stockings and mistletoe back out, because our new patterns and items for Christmas 2017 are sure to put everyone right back in the holiday spirit!

O Christmas Tree plate, O Christmas Tree plate! First, and possibly most exciting, we have a new Christmas Tree Shaped Plate for all your holiday cookies and appetizers. This faux fir is 10” x 9” at its widest point and will be available later this year in Scarlet, Lemongrass, and Shamrock.

 

May your dishes be merry and bright with our new pattern for the holidays! Our Merry and Bright decal will be available on our 9” Luncheon Plate and Tapered Mug, offering a fun and whimsical alternative to our Christmas Tree decorated dishes.

 

 

On the 12th day of Christmas, Fiesta is giving to you the final installments of the 12 Days of Christmas series with 9 ladies dancing (Fiesta dancing ladies, of course), 10 lords a leaping, 11 pipers piping, and 12 drummers drumming. Designs will be available as a set of 4 Salad Plates and 4 Java Mugs.

 

You can never have enough Christmas Tree pattern, which is why we’re adding serving pieces to this popular collection, including the Large Covered Casserole, Large Bistro Bowl, 2017 Ornament, and 5pc Entertaining Set.

 

These  jolly Snowmen will be decorating our Luncheon Plates and Tapered Mugs this Christmas! Aren’t they adorable?

 

The Christmas Tree collection, Tree Plates, Twelve Days of Christmas, and Merry and Bright will be available at better department stores, independent retailers, .coms, and at www.fiestafactorydirect.com by August 2017.

How do you like to decorate your Fiesta tabletop for Christmas? Share your ideas on social media using #fiestadinnerware. PS: We’re on Instagram now @fiestadinnerware, so be sure to follow and share there in addition to Facebook and Pinterest.

 

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New for Halloween 2017

Fiesta Dinnerware's 2017 Halloween collection. Select new pieces available beginning June 2017. | www.alwaysfestive.com

Calling all ghouls and goblins! We know it’s quite awhile until Halloween, but we’re so excited to share our new Halloween designs with you. They’ll definitely get you in a spooky spirit!

We’re adding several new designs to our Halloween collection. So without further ado…

Our Geo Pumpkins feature a metallic gold sheen to add some glam to your Halloween festivities. Geo Pumpkins will be available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, Ramekin, Appetizer Plate, and Tapered Mug.

Fiesta Dinnerware's new Geo Pumpkins design, available on a Luncheon Plate, Appetizer Plate, Tapered Mug, and Ramekin. Available at retail beginning June 2017. | www.alwaysfestive.com

Is our Harvest Moon Witch a good witch or a bad witch? It doesn’t really matter because she has lots of style flying across a gold metallic moon. This design also is available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, Ramekin, Appetizer Plate, and Tapered Mug.

Fiesta Dinnerware introduces new Harvest Moon Witch Design to Halloween collection. Available June 2017. | www.alwaysfestive.com

BOO! Trio of Boo Cats are stealthy but cute. They’ll be featured on a 9” Luncheon Plate, Ramekin, Appetizer Plate, and Tapered Mug.

Fiesta Dinnerware introduces new Trio of Boo Cats design to Halloween collection. Available June 2017. | www.alwaysfestive.com

Skull & Vine is hauntingly elegant with its metallic design featured on our Foundry cast iron-like finish. Skull & Vine is available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, 11 ¾” Chop Plate, Appetizer Plate, Tapered Mug, and Pasta Bowl (perfect for serving candy).

 

How can you not smile at our Trio of Happy Pumpkins? This design also is featured on our Foundry finish. It’s available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, Ramekin, Appetizer Plate, Tapered Mug, and Pasta Bowl.

Fiesta Dinnerware introduces new Trio of Happy Pumpkins design to Halloween collection. Available June 2017. | www.alwaysfestive.com

 

We’re also adding a Ramekin to our existing Halloween designs, including: Ghosts, Spooky Pumpkin, Trio of Skeletons, and Whoo Owl.

Are you pro pumpkin spice? We’re so on that train, so we came up with this adorable design: Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice. It is available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, Appetizer Plate and Tapered Mug.

Fiesta Dinnerware introduces new Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice design. Available June 2017. | www.alwaysfestive.com

Our Halloween designs will be available at better department stores, independent retailers, .coms, and at www.fiestafactorydirect.com by mid-June 2017.

How do you like to decorate your Fiesta tabletop for Halloween? Share your ideas on social media using #fiestadinnerware. PS: We’re on Instagram now @fiestadinnerware, so be sure to follow and share there in addition to Facebook and Pinterest.

Trio of Skeletons design from Fiesta Dinnerware | www.fiestafactorydirect.com

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Gingerbread Blondies

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We’ve taken a holiday classic and made it even merrier with these irresistible gingerbread blondies. Soft and chewy blondies are infused with a trio of the season’s quintessential spices: cinnamon, clove, and ginger. Molasses pulls it all together and lends that deep flavor inherent to gingerbread.

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This recipe comes together as quickly as drop cookies and yields enough spiced blondies for a crowd. Serve the festive squares on our Square Tray with Handles, Large Oval Platter, or pile them high on our 3-Tier Serving Tray.

Gingerbread Blondies
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Ingredients
  1. Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  2. 2 3/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  3. 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  4. 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  5. 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  6. 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  8. 2 1/2 sticks (20 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
  9. 1 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
  10. 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  11. 2 large eggs, plus 1 large egg yolk
  12. 1 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  13. 1/3 cup unsulfured molasses
  14. 10 oz white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Spray a 17” x 12” rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Then place a sheet of parchment paper in the bottom of the baking sheet allowing the ends to overhang slightly.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
  3. Beat together butter and sugars with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add in the eggs and yolk one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla, molasses, and spices.
  4. Gradually add in flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in white chocolate.
  5. Spread the batter into the prepared baking sheet, taking time to spread the dough evenly. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the edges are just turning golden.
  6. Allow to cool in the pan set on top of a wire rack. Cut into squares.
  7. The blondies can be stored in an air-tight container for up to a week.
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/

 

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The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Are you hosting Thanksgiving, or perhaps a “Friendsgiving” this year? Planning, delegating and cooking can be quite stressful! Something that’s often neglected in the midst of all the Thanksgiving prep is how to set your buffet table.

Well, we have your back with a “Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table” that is pretty, colorful and provides a simple flow as your guests load up their plates.

It all starts with the buffet table itself. We used a basic six-foot folding table covered with a tablecloth that complemented our color scheme. To add visual interest and height to the dishes toward the back of the table, we placed two boxes underneath the tablecloth. This not only looks more pleasing to the eye, but it makes it easier for people to reach the food that isn’t right up front.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Next, we outlined our menu and pulled the serving pieces we’d be using for each dish.

We started with a stack of dinner plates in a variety of seasonal colors: (from top to bottom) Poppy, Turquoise, Sunflower, Scarlet, Shamrock, Tangerine, Claret, and Lemongrass. It’s a good idea to place the dinner plates in the front corner where the buffet line will start.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Then we used a 3 Tier Server for rolls and other breads, followed by salad, a side dish and casserole. The salad and side dish will be served in our multipurpose Bistro Bowls in Medium and Large sizes. And the casserole is featured in a traditional 9×13” Rectangular Baker. (PS: All of our dishes can be heated safely in the oven up to 350 degree and bakeware can go up to 500 degrees.)

At the center of the feast is the star of the day: turkey! Depending on how large your bird is, we have a variety of serving platters in sizes Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. We’re planning for a lot of leftovers, so we used the Extra Large Oval Platter.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Condiments like cranberries and butter are next. We used the Individual Casserole for our cranberries and the Extra Large Covered Butter for the butter.

Napkins and flatware are best placed at the end of the line so your guests aren’t juggling them while piling up their plates.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Finally, it’s time for dessert. Yum! We made room for a pie and a cake. For the pie, we used the Deep Dish Pie Baker. For the cake, we spiced it up with a little Fiesta hack to create a “plate stand.” We turned a Hostess Serving Bowl upside down and placed a Baking/Pizza Tray on top. To serve dessert, a stack of Salad Plates finishes off the assortment of dishes.

Fiesta Dinnerware Hostess Bowl in Turquoise

http://www.fiestafactorydirect.com/c-72-hostess-serving-bowl.aspx

We sprinkled in some mini pumpkins, flowers and greenery to decorate and soften the tablescape. With the buffet table set, we’re ready for full bellies and naps!

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

We’d love to see how you like to set your buffet and dining tables for Thanksgiving. On Facebook, feel free to send us pictures or post them in the comments.

Fiesta Dinnerware wishes you and your your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving and we hope you take this opportunity to count your blessings. We certainly are thankful for you!

 

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Cookie Butter Cheesecake

Cheesecake PN1If any dessert deserves an entire day of celebration, it is without a doubt the cheesecake.  Buttery rich, dense, and creamy, cheesecake is undeniably decadent, yet, somehow it ranks as breakfast appropriate in our book (nothing says good morning like sugar-infused cream cheese and eggs!). 

Cheesecake FB6Over the years, we’ve perfected our classic cheesecake recipe and let us just say, this cake is a real knockout.   It’s thick and rich, yet lighter than your average cheesecake, giving it that perfect mouth-feel.  This ideal texture is achieved through the addition of mascarpone cheese, a versatile Italian cream cheese.

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While a plain cheesecake never disappoints, we felt like getting creative in the kitchen for this special day.  Say hello to an incredible combination you will forever crave: cookie butter + cheesecake.  If you haven’t been introduced to cookie butter yet, we recommend getting an extra jar to eat by the spoonful while making this cheesecake.  It’s that good.

Cheesecake FB5Cookie butter is essentially a peanut butter type spread made with Biscoff cookies.  Think of it as the flavor of cookie dough, with the texture of peanut butter, and no nutritional benefit to speak of.  But what it lacks in protein, it makes up for in deliciousness.

Cheesecake FB3To create the cookie butter element in our cheesecake, we took a bit of our original cheesecake batter and mixed in the cookie butter.  We then swirled the cookie butter batter into the classic cheesecake base.  We swapped out the standard graham cracker crust for a Biscoff cookie crust, to complement the cookie butter.  The resulting flavor combination is simply sublime!

Cookie Butter Cheesecake
This classic cheesecake shines with a Biscoff cookie crust and a cookie butter swirl.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of Biscoff crumbs (1.5-8.8oz packages)
  2. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  5. 16 ounces mascarpone, room temp
  6. 2/3 cup sugar
  7. 3 eggs
  8. 1 tablespoon vanilla
  9. 13.4 ounces cookie butter (1 jar)
Instructions
  1. Grind Biscoff cookies in a food processor until fine crumbs. Mix in melted butter. The mixture should be crumbly and hold together when pinched. Press into a 9” or 10” springform pan and chill in the refrigerator while making batter.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream sugar and cream cheese in a stand mixer or with hand mixer. Beat until fluffy. Add mascarpone and beat until fully incorporated. Add eggs one at a time, making sure to scrape down the bowl after each addition. Add vanilla and mix well.
  3. Reserve one cup of batter and set aside. Pour the remaining batter into the crust. Add the cookie butter to reserved batter and beat until incorporated and smooth. Dollop tablespoons of cookie butter batter on top of the plain cheesecake batter to create a dotted surface. Then, take a knife and swirl the cookie butter batter into the plain batter in small circular motions.
  4. Place cheesecake onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees for one hour or until it is puffy, dry around the edge but wet in the center. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate uncovered overnight. Serve chilled.
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
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Italian Easter Bread Recipe

Fiesta Dinnerware Easter Bread Recipe on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Italian Easter Bread Recipe
(Pane di Pasqua all ‘Uovo)

We all have our traditions, and of course holidays bring out those traditions more than ever. Holiday recipes are some of the most beloved traditions in every family. The tastes, the smells. Just thinking about it takes us back to grandma’s kitchen!

With Easter just around the corner, we’ve decided to share an Italian Easter Bread recipe that’s been a secret for generations. But we feel such a close bond with you, our Fiesta friends, that we feel compelled to share it with you. However, this recipe comes with a fair warning. It’s not for the faint of heart: be prepared to set aside about half a day to prepare it. Trust us when we tell you, it is so worth it!

Fiesta Dinnerware Easter Bread recipe on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

But really, the waiting and preparation is all part of the fun when you turn it into a family group effort. They’re the moments you’ll cherish forever. 

So tie on your Fiesta apron strings, bring out your Baking Bowl Set and get ready to make a family tradition. It’s Easter Bread time!

With the colorful eggs and sprinkles in this recipe, it really is quite Fiesta-y. We like to coordinate the sprinkles with the color of the eggs and our Easter tablescape. For a Fiesta enthusiast, it’s kind of a dream come true.

Fiesta Dinnerware Easter Bread recipe on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

After you dye your eggs, it’s time to activate the yeast and get to the bread baking. If you’ve never made bread using active dry yeast, don’t be afraid! It’s not nearly as daunting as it might seem. 

After some mixing, setting and rising, the next “challenging” moment, if you haven’t done it before, might be kneading the dough. If you don’t have an experienced aunt nearby who can show you the art of kneading dough, a simple look up on YouTube will have you well on your way. 

Easter Bread Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 5 eggs
  2. 2 packages active dry yeast
  3. 1/2 cup warm water
  4. 1/2 cup warm water
  5. 1 1/2 cups sifted flour
  6. 3/4 cup shortening
  7. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  8. 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  9. 1 cup sugar
  10. 1 teaspoon salt
  11. 2 eggs
  12. 1 egg white
  13. 4 1/2 to 4 3/4 cups sifted flour
  14. 1 egg yolk
  15. 1 tablespoon milk
  16. Tiny multicolored candies
Instructions
  1. Lightly butter a Fiesta Pizza/Baking Tray.
  2. Dip 5 uncooked eggs in food dye to color (follow directions on package) and set aside.
  3. Soften 2 packages active dry yeast in ½ cup warm water (110 degrees F to 115 degrees F). Let stand 5-10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile pour 1/2 cup warm water into a large bowl and blend in 1 ½ cups sifted flour.
  5. Stir softened yeast and add to flour-water mixture, mixing well. Beat until very smooth. Cover bowl with waxed paper and towel and let stand in warm place (about 80 degrees F) for 1 ½ to 2 hours.
  6. Cream together until shortening is softened: ¾ cup shortening, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel.
  7. Add gradually, creaming until fluffy after each addition, a mixture of: 1 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon salt.
  8. Beat until thick and piled softly: 2 eggs and 1 egg white. Add beaten eggs in thirds to sugar mixture, beating thoroughly after each addition. Add yeast mixture, mixing well.
  9. Measure: 4 ½ to 4 ¾ cups sifted flour. Add about one-half the flour to yeast mixture and beat until very smooth. Mix in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface.
  10. Select a deep bowl just large enough to allow dough to double. Shape dough into a smooth ball and place into a greased bowl. Turn dough to bring greased surface to top. Cover bowl with waxed paper and towel and let dough rise until doubled (about 1 ½ to 2 hours).
  11. Punch down with fist. Divide dough into two equal balls. Let stand covered for 10 minutes.
  12. Roll each ball out into a long roll about 36 inches long and 1 to 1 ½ inches thick. Using the two long pieces of dough, form a loosely braided ring, leaving spaces for the five colored eggs. Place on the prepared Fiesta Pizza/Baking Tray. Place colored eggs into the spaces of braid. Cover loosely with towel. Set dough aside in a warm place until doubled.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
  14. Brush bread with a mixture of: 1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon milk.
  15. Sprinkle with tiny multicolored candies.
  16. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or more or until bread is golden brown. (Eggs will be hard-cooked.)
Adapted from Italian Cookery
Adapted from Italian Cookery
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/

Fiesta Dinnerware Easter Bread recipe on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

You’ll notice a lot of downtime during this process, which is perfect for family games or making Easter baskets. If you do end up making Easter Egg Bread a part your Easter family tradition this year, please share photos with us on Facebook and tell us about some of your Easter traditions too!

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