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Easter Bread

Makes one plaited loaf

Description/Notes:

Greek Easter Bread (tsoureki) which is baked and twisted into sweet bread-loaves are traditionally distributed on Easter Sunday.

Ingredients:
  • Three and a half pounds (one and a half kilos) flour
  • 14 oz. (400g) sugar
  • 12 oz. (320g) butter
  • 8 0z. (225g) milk
  • three and a half ounces(100g) yeast
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 tsp. mastic, crushed
  • half a tsp. Of mahlepi (an oriental seed-type herb
  • almonds, blanched and coarsely crushed

    Cooking Instructions:
    1. Dissolve the yeast in a little warm milk and add 3-4 tbsps. of flour then leave to rise in a warm place
    2. Put the rest of the flour into a bowl and make a well in the center
    3. When the yeast mixture has risen considerably put it into the well in the flour
    4. Warm the remaining milk in a saucepan with the eggs, half the mastic, the mahlepi, 9 oz.(250g) of the butter and combine well
    5. Add half of this mixture to the bowl with the flour and the yeast and knead well
    6. Melt the rest of the butter and keep it to one side
    7. Add the rest of the egg, sugar, malhepi, mastic and butter mixture to the flour and yeast mixture
    8. Continue kneading, greasing your hands with the already melted butter
    9. Knead the dough until it's elastic in consistency, not too stiff or too runny, adding a little more flour if needed
    10. Cover the dough with a clean cloth and leave in a warm place to rise
    11. When you see it has risen considerably separate the dough into three thick strips
    12. Plait the strips, brush with beaten egg and sprinkle them with almonds and the remaining mastic
    13. Optionally, you could also decorate the plait with a red hard boiled egg at one end
    14. Bake in a moderate oven for about 45 minutes



    Recipes by Alwyn Jones © 2000 and web pages designed by R. Barry Jones © 2000