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Traditional Recipe for the Greek Sweet Bread Tsoureki

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Tsoureki, or Greek sweet bread, can be eaten all year round– not just at Eastertime. Credit: Nostimo/Greek Reporter

Tsoureki, or Greek sweet bread, is a favorite delicacy throughout the Christmas and Easter holidays in Greece. This traditional recipe for Tsoureki includes all of the beloved holiday flavors Greeks love.

Tsoureki (τσουρέκι in Greek) is the traditional sweet yeast bread Greeks make every year on Holy Thursday, and eat on Easter Sunday.

The name tsoureki comes from the Turkish word “corek” which refers to any bread made with yeast dough. There are many kinds of corek, both savory and sweet, which appear in various shapes and sizes depending on the region.

Today, tsoureki has become an all-year-round pastry. It comes in various versions such as filled or covered with chocolate and nuts, and it can even be filled with custard, or dipped in syrup. Even eaten plain, this delicately sweet bread is delightful and refreshing after the long privations of the Lenten period.

Recipe for tsoureki

In a mixer, beat 6 eggs with 110z/310gr sugar

-Mix for 8 minutes

Add: 2 tsp of Mahlepi and ½ tsp trimmed Mastiha

-Mix for 3 minutes

Add: 1 Lb of flour

-Mix for 3 minutes

Add 8 fl oz/235ml of hot milk, 3 fl oz/90ml of melted butter

-Mix for 2 minutes

Add 1 Lb of flour and 0.5oz/15gr of dry yeast

– Mix for 10 minutes

– Let the dough rise for 1 hour

-Shape into three thick ropes and then braid together

-Let rise for 45 minutes.

-Place some egg yolk thinned with water on top and decorate with slivered almonds

-Bake in a preheated oven at 320°F/160°C for 30 to 40 minutes


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