Easter Bread - Gurrugulo - Scarcella

Easter Bread: Il Gurrugulo... or Scarcella? In all the regions of Italy it is called by many other different names. Some of the names are: Cuculo, Cuzzupa.


For 5 Person(s)

For the Dough:

  • 4 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zest only

For the Decorations:

  • 5 dyed raw eggs
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • rainbow nonpareils


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line two 13x18 inch baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour and baking powder. Set aside
  4. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment add the eggs, sugar oil and lemon zest. Mix on medium speed until combined.
  5. Add the flour and baking powder and mix until all the dry ingredients are absorbed.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface.
  7. To make a braid, take a chunk of dough and with floured hands roll it into a rope about 3/4 of an inch thick and 14 inches long. Repeat two more times so that you have 3 pieces of dough in equal length and thickness.
  8. Take the three ropes, pinch them together at one end and slowly and carefully braid them until the very end. Pinch the end of the braid and trim any uneven excess with a knife.
  9. Bring the two ends together overlapping them slightly to form a ring. Repeat and make 4 more braided rings. Quickly transfer the braided rings to the lined baking sheet.
  10. Press the dough together where it overlaps and place an egg on top of the seam.
  11. Roll out two small ropes of dough about 1/4 inch thick. Place them over the egg to form a cross, pressing each end into the braid to secure. Gently press the dough together where it overlaps on top of the egg.
  12. Brush all the dough with the egg wash, including the cross on top of the egg. Take care not to get any egg wash on the eggs themselves. Sprinkle the braids with nonpareils and bake for 15-18 minutes or until the tops of the braids are lightly golden and shiny and the bottoms are nicely browned.
  13. Serve at room temperature.



Recipe Notes

With the dough you can create many different types of Gurruguli.  It all depends on your artistic creativity.



Tuesday, 30 March 2021
How far in advance can these be made - filgiaitaliana
Monday, 23 March 2020
Made this today! My first time! So easy and simple... Taste yummy with my coffee!! - SherSacchetti
Thursday, 14 December 2017
loved not having to use yeast on this one :) - NonnaLinda
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Agree! Love that no yeast is necessary! Question: Raw egg or cooked after braiding? - Virjinja
Thursday, 14 December 2017
You need 9 so you have 2 to scramble with some pastina - gman518
Thursday, 14 December 2017
You need 9 so you have 2 to scramble with some pastina -
Thursday, 14 December 2017
4 eggs to mix, 4 eggs to put in the braid, & 1 egg to use as egg wash before sprinkles - cmgted
Thursday, 08 September 2016
9 eggs? why? it says two for the top of the braid (one on each) and 4 for the recipe, and one to mak...
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- bgcola