Easy Easter Brunch Recipes: Italian Easter Bread & Puffed-Pancake Casserole!

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Hey All!

Are you ready for those family Easter Brunches? I am! Easter is one of my favorite holidays to cook for. As with everything I do, I like my recipes to be quick and easy with using only products I have lying around the house. As you remember from my previous Betty Crocker/Bisquick post, they were kind enough to send me this amazing gift basket filled with goodies. I’m putting it to good use once again and using everything that was inside. It has everything I need to make some awesome dishes for Easter Brunch.

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I searched their fabulous round up of Best Egg Bakes for Easter on their site and also search their site and app in general on my handy iPad and found two amazing recipes that I’ll be making for our Easter Brunch.

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I’m serving my guests a Puffed-Pancake Brunch Casserole and I’m adapting this Hugs and Kisses bread into an Italian Easter Bread aka Pane di Pasqua for Easter Brunch. It’s going to be amazing. I always like to do a test run of my recipes and table settings before I host any holiday event to make sure everything comes out perfect, so hence the full on brunch of the pics.

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Here are the recipes below:

First up is the Puffed-Pancake Brunch Casserole:

Puffed-Pancake Casserole Recipe
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 cups Original Bisquick™ mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese (4 oz)
  • 1 lb cubed cooked ham (about 3 cups)
  • 1 package (2.1 oz) precooked bacon, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard
  • Dash ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Place butter in dish; place in oven until melted, about 10 minutes.
  2. In medium bowl, mix Bisquick mix, 1 cup of the milk and 2 of the eggs with whisk until tiny lumps remain. Pour over butter in baking dish. Layer with Swiss cheese, ham, bacon and Cheddar cheese. In large bowl, mix remaining 1 cup milk, remaining 6 eggs, the salt, mustard and nutmeg. Pour over casserole.
  3. Bake uncovered 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
 

Here are some images on how to make this recipe as I always like to include step by step images with my recipes.

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First you melt butter in your baking dish. Then you mix the first half of your batter.

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Then you pour your batter over the butter in baking dish. You then Layer with Swiss cheese, ham, bacon and Cheddar cheese. In large bowl, mix remaining 1 cup milk, remaining 6 eggs, the salt, mustard and nutmeg. Pour over casserole and then bake for about 35-40 minutes.

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You have one tasty Puffed-Pancake Brunch Casserole!

Then for some bread on the site you make this Italian Easter Bread which again is adapted from this Recipe found here! See the recipe below:

Italian Easter Bread Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Brunch
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Original Bisquick™ mix
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Dozen eggs ( Some For Boiling, 1 for glazing, 1 for the dough)
  • ¼ cup butter or margarine, melted
  • Multicolored Sprinkles
  • Pastry Brush
  • Parchment Paper
  • Food Coloring
  • 1 tablespoon of Vinegar (For Dying Eggs)
Instructions
  1. First you boil your Eggs for 5-8 minutes. You don't want to boil them all the way as they will be baked and hardened with the bread.
  2. Then you dye your egg in a small bowl with boiling water, 5 drops food coloring (which every color you'd like. I'm using pink) and 1 tablespoon of Vinegar. Mix it up while boiling and then place the egg into the colored water. Leave in the water until desired color darkness is reached. If you do pink and you want it to be really pink, then you'll leave it in longer.
  3. Once eggs are dyed to your liking remove from water and let dry for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. You then heat your oven to 400°F. Stir Bisquick mix, milk, 2 tablespoons sugar and the egg in medium bowl until soft dough forms. Place dough on surface generously dusted with Bisquick mix; gently roll in Bisquick mix to coat. Shape into a ball; knead 5 times.
  5. Roll or pat dough into 6½-inch square, ½ inch thick. Cut dough into 12 strips and roll them into ropes. Take two ropes and braid them together, forming a circle with the braid. Repeat the process for all the ropes forming round braided circles.
  6. Place 1 colored boiled egg in the center of the braided dough circles. Then place bread on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  7. Beat an egg and brush it over the braided dough to glaze. Drizzle sprinkles over the glazed dough and then put into the oven.
  8. Bake 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Serve warm.
 

Here is the step by step images on how to make this recipe.

First you boil and dye the eggs.

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Then you make your dough for your bread.

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You cut the dough into strips so you can braid your dough.

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You then braid your dough and form it into a circle.

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You then place your colored egg in the center of the egg.

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Lastly you glaze the dough and add sprinkles and bake.

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Make sure you place them on a good baking sheet before you bake.

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Boom you’re left with some fabulous Italian Easter Breads to go with your Puffed-Pancake Brunch Casserole!

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These are the perfect breads to serve at any Easter Brunch!

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It’s not only got an Easter Egg in it, It’s a sweet treat as well. My husband is part Italian and he loves them. We’ve made it a tradition to incorporate these amazing colorful breads into our Easter Brunches each year.

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I think they are too cute to even eat!

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These two recipes make the perfect additions to any Easter Brunch meal.

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The work with almost any menu you might have planned.

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You simply slice the Puffed-Pancake Brunch Casserole and serve it kind of like a pie. You can make it in a casserole dish, but I like to make mine round.

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It’s fluffy and rich with flavors that compliment each other perfectly.

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It’s the perfect Easter dish pairing.

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Who wouldn’t want some yummy Easter Breads this Easter?!

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They are sure to be a hit with your family and guests this Easter!

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I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do as they are sure to be a hit for our Easter Brunch!

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Have a very Happy Easter Everyone!

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For more amazing easy to make Easter recipes check out these Best Egg Bakes for Easter!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Betty Crocker via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

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