Tsoureki (Greek Easter Bread) from Closet Cooking

A brioche like sweet bread that is traditionally made for Easter.


Servings: makes 2 loaves

Prep Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dry active yeast
  • 1/2 cup milk, luke warm
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup water or milk or orange juice
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon mahlep, ground
  • 1 teaspoon mastic, ground
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 6 cups flower
  • 1 egg + 1 tablespoon water, lightly beaten
Directions
  1. Mix the yeast into the milk, along with the sugar, salt and flour and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix the water, butter, eggs, sugar, mahlep, mastic and orange zest into the yeast mixture.
  3. Mix the flour into the yeast mixture until it forms a dough.
  4. Knead the dough.
  5. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover and let rise to double its original size, about 2 hours.
  6. Punch the dough down, cut it into 6 parts and form 2 braids.
  7. Place the braid on a grease baking sheet and let rise to double its original size, about 1 hour.
  8. Brush with the egg wash.
  9. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until golden brown, about 20-30 minutes
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