Argentine Rosca de Pascua Easter bread ring

Argentine Rosca de Pascua Easter bread ring

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No Easter celebration in Argentina can be considered complete without a rosca de Pascua and some colorful chocolate Easter eggs. Easily the most popular baked good at Easter, the rosca de Pascua, a decorated, ring-shaped loaf of bread, appears in bakeries and corner stores all over the country during Semana Santa (Holy Week).

For the Bread:

3 tablespoons yeast

3/4 cup warm water

pinch of sugar

1 lemon, zested

1/2 stick butter, melted and cooled

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 can sweetened condensed milk

1 egg

4 cups flour

1 egg, beaten, to paint the top of the bread

For the pastry cream:

2 egg yolks

1 cup warm water

1/2 can sweetened condensed milk

2 tablespoons corn starch

a dash of vanilla

In the bowl of a stand mixer, swish around some warm water to warm the bowl. Dump the water, then add in the 3/4 cup water, the yeast and the sugar and