Joyce’s Fantastic Lemon Easter Bread


  • 3/4 cup warm water (100 degrees F/38 degrees C)
  • 2 tablespoons warm water (100 degrees F/38 degrees C)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons lemon extract
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast


Pour both amounts of warm water into a bread machine and add butter, eggs, lemon extract, bread flour, sugar, and yeast in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough setting and start the machine.

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Grease 3 8-inch round cake pans.

Remove dough when cycle is finished; cut dough into 3 equal-sized pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place into a prepared cake pan; cover and let rise for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Bake loaves in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes.