About this recipe:Easter babies are an Italian tradition in my husband's family.
1/4 cup (60ml) warm water
1/2 cup (115g) caster sugar
1 (8g) package active dry yeast
1 cup (250ml) scalded milk
1/3 cup (75g) butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 pinch salt
3 1/2 cups (435g) plain flour
1 teaspoon water
6 whole eggs in the shell
70g coloured candy sprinkles
Directions Prep:20min › Cook:40min › Ready in:1hr
Mix yeast, water, and 1 teaspoon of the sugar in a small bowl and let sit for 10 minutes.
In another larger bowl, mix milk, salt, butter, 2 eggs, and remaining 1/2 cup of sugar. Add about half of the flour and beat until very smooth, then pour in the yeast mixture. Add the remaining flour, making a stiff dough - can add additional flour if necessary.
Place dough on a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic. Put dough into greased bowl, cover bowl and let the dough rise until doubled in size.
Punch the dough down, place on a floured board and divide it into 6 equal pieces.
Roll each piece with your hands to form a 2.5 thick rope and then shape rope into a "U" shape. Put a whole, raw egg into the inside of the "U", twisting the rope to form a fishtail at the bottom.
Brush each "baby" with the beaten egg, shake on some of the coloured sprinkles and place on a greased cookie tray. Cover and let them rise until doubled in size. Bake at 175 degrees C (350 degrees F) for about 35 to 40 minutes