Prep. time: 20 minutes
Rising time: 2 hours
Cooking time: 40 minutes
This is the traditional Portuguese Easter folar, topped with a hard-boiled egg, or with four eggs in the shape of a cross. The bread symbolizes a nest, and the eggs a generation of new life. Giving someone folar is a wish for happiness and prosperity.
- In a bowl, combine the flour with the sugar, salt, cinnamon and fennel. Set aside.
- Gently warm the milk and add the yeast. Mix until the yeast is completely dissolved.
- Mix the yeast mixture into the dry ingredients (step 1), along with the melted butter and beaten eggs.
- Knead to form a smooth dough.
- Place the dough into a large floured bowl; cover and let rise for about 2 hours in a warm place.
- When the dough has doubled in volume, knead again on a floured work surface.
- Set aside a piece of dough which will be cut to form four strips.
- Divide the remaining dough in half and place into buttered and floured round pans.
- On top of each loaf place 4 hard-boiled eggs in the shape of a cross.
- Roll out the reserved piece of dough and cut into four strips.
- Place one long strip on the loaf to partially cover two of the hard-boiled eggs. Repeat in the other direction, so that the strips form a cross.
- Brush everything with beaten egg.
- Preheat the oven to 160° C. Bake for about 40 minutes.
You can "secure" the eggs by placing 2 long strips of dough in a cross shape (as in the photo above) or make a small cross on each egg, as you prefer.
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