Easter Sausage Pie

Easter Sausage Pie

Italian Easter Sausage Pie

This week I seem to be on a roll with our traditional Easter holiday recipes. Ever since I was a little guy, and that was a long time ago, this Easter sausage pie has been a family favorite. 

We make it every year on Good Friday without fail. This recipe calls for basket cheese, and here in Western New York, we can only find it certain times of the year, usually around Holidays.

Here is what we use Easter Sausage Pie:

3 lb. Italian sausage links (we used sweet, not hot)
2-1/2 lb. basket cheese
2 slices ham (1/4-inch-thick) ham from your deli counter is fine
16 large eggs
½ cup grated Romano cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

The Crust:

2-1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening, well chilled
2 tablespoons of butter or margarine, again well chilled
5 to 6 tablespoons of cold water

If you need instructions to make the crust you can find them here. Or you can cheat and just buy the pie crust already made.

Okay here is how we make this Italian Sausage Pie:

First, make your sausage, we bake ours at 350 degrees for about one hour, you can also broil or fry the sausage however you prefer to make it.

 While the sausage is baking dice up the basket cheese and ham and place it in a large mixing bowl. 
After the sausage is cooked cut it into small pieces and add it to the bowl.
Italian Easter meat pie recipe

Now in another bowl beat the eggs and the Romano cheese. Pour the eggs into the large bowl and mix this well with a spoon.

Lightly grease a 15-inch x 10-inch x 2-inch glass baking dish. Roll out the dough to about 1/8-inch thick. Cut ½-inch strips of dough and place them along the length and width of the bottom of the baking dish, in a crisscross pattern.
dough crisscrossed on bottom of baking dish
Here are the strips of dough on the bottom of the baking dish
Pour the mixture into the baking dish and spread it level to the top. Now crisscross strips of dough across the top as you did on the bottom.
Easy Italian Easter Pie

 Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake this for one hour until the top is golden brown. Then place it on a baking rack to cool before cutting. Once cooled you can cut and serve. This is really best served cold the next day right out of the refrigerator. 
Italian Easter sausage pie

There are many variations of this recipe, we have been using this one since 1970 from the St. Vitus Cookbook of New Castle Pa. This is another really easy one to make and is so rich and tasty.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and as always thanks for stopping by.

Easter Bread

Easter Bread Easy recipe

Easter Bread Easy Recipe

We spent the day yesterday making our Easter bread. We don’t have a freezer so we wait until Easter week and do all of the work in one day.

This recipe might seem difficult but it’s really not, most of the time is waiting for the dough to rise. It rises three times and then after that, you make the loaves and you let it rise to the top of the bread pan before putting it in the oven.

This recipe yielded four loaves of Easter bread baked in a 9-inch x 5-inch bread pan and two braided loaves baked on a cookie sheet.  Unless you like Easter bread like I do you may want to cut the recipe down to make less.

Here is what you need:
8 large eggs
2 tablespoons Anise extract
1 tablespoon Lemon extract
2-1/2 cup scalded milk
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2-1/2 cup sugar
1 cup milk (lukewarm)
4 packages dry yeast
10 to 12 cups flour

Okay now let’s make this easy Easter Bread Recipe:

Using my KitchenAid Stand mixing bowl, I added the eggs, anise, and lemon extract; beat this until it’s fluffy. I used the medium speed setting for this.

 While that is going on, start two saucepans, one with 2-1/2 cups of milk and the butter. Bring this to a boil to scald the milk, then set this aside until it cools to lukewarm. Now in another pan or your microwave heat the cup of milk to lukewarm and add the yeast to dissolve. 
Milk and yeast
Scaled milk and butter with yeast dissolved in milk
Now back to the mixture it should be fluffy by now. Add the sugar and continue to beat for about 2 minutes. Continue beating and add the two saucepans of milk until you have a batter. Again make sure both are lukewarm.
Sweet Easter bread recipe

There are too many cups of flour in this recipe to use my stand mixer so I transferred the batter to a large bowl and began adding the flour one cup at a time.
Easter bread recipe easy

We used a hand mixer until we got to seven cups of flour. After that, I worked in the remaining flour by hand to a smooth ball of dough.

Tip: If the dough is too sticky while hand kneading, add some flour until the dough forms.

Recipe Italian Easter Bread

Smooth ball of dough for easter bread
Cover this and let rise 3 time
Cover and let the dough rise three times, about an hour each time. The third you time punch it down make the loaves and place them in a lightly greased and floured bread pan. I used the Pam baking spray for this. Now cover and let these rise to the top of the pan.
Italian anise Easter Bread
After it rises to the top of the bread pan
I baked two loaves at a time at 300 degrees for 10 minutes, and then lowered to 275 degrees and baked for one hour. I bushed them with melted butter right out for the oven and let them cool on a rack.

The braided loaves baked on a cookie sheet at 300 degrees for 50 minutes. We rolled out three equal length logs of dough, set them side by side and rolled one over the other to make the braided loaves.
Italian anise Easter bread

 We made a simple glaze for the braided loaves with a little bit of water and powdered sugar, then drizzled it over the top and added some colored sugar sprinkles.
Mixing a glaze
A simple glaze of water and powdered sugar
Although this is time-consuming the results are absolutely worth the work and the wait, the bread is soft, moist, and Oh so tasty.  I was eating this Easter bread 10 minutes after it came out of the oven.

I hope you enjoyed this Easter bread recipe, as always thanks for stopping by.

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