How to Bake Tsoureki, a Traditional Greek Easter Bread

A sweet soft bread with religious significance. The 3 strand braid symbolizes the holy trinity and the red of the egg symbolizes the blood of Christ. While the egg symbolizes the rebirth resurrection

How to Bake Tsoureki, a Traditional Greek Easter Bread Recipe
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Milk 180 ml (warm) + 2 Tsp instant yeast

Milk 180 ml (warm) + 2 Tsp instant yeast

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Mix Flour, sugar,mahleb, mastica, salt, orange zest and lemon zest. melt the butter when cold add to lightly beaten eggs. Then add to the milk butter. Now add the liquid to the flour. Knead 5 mins

Mix Flour, sugar,mahleb, mastica, salt, orange zest and lemon zest. melt the butter when cold add to lightly beaten eggs. Then add to the milk butter. Now add the liquid to the flour. Knead 5 mins

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2 hrs after the dough would have tripled in size. Put it on a floured top. Knead for 1 min cut into 3 parts. Make 3 strands and make a braid.

2 hrs after the dough would have tripled in size. Put it on a floured top. Knead for 1 min cut into 3 parts. Make 3 strands and make a braid.

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Leave to rise again

Leave to rise again

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Cover and leave for 2 hrs

Cover and leave for 2 hrs

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The finishing ingredients: the colored egg, slivered almonds for the top and an egg for glazing.

The finishing ingredients: the colored egg, slivered almonds for the top and an egg for glazing.

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Baste the risen dough with the egg yolk, sprinkle with slivered almonds and re baste over the almonds pressing lightly

Baste the risen dough with the egg yolk, sprinkle with slivered almonds and re baste over the almonds pressing lightly

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Insert the colored egg. Bake in a preheated oven 170 /30 mins

Insert the colored egg. Bake in a preheated oven 170 /30 mins

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Out of the oven. Leave to cool

Out of the oven. Leave to cool

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It is Easter Day. Happy Easter

It is Easter Day. Happy Easter

Ingredients

180 Milliliters Milk 180 ml 
2 Tablespoons Yeast 
450 Milliliters Flour 450g 
180 Grams Sugar 180 
1 Teaspoon Mahlab 
¼ Teaspoons Miskeh 
1 Teaspoon Salt 
1 Orange zest 
1 Lemon zest 
2 Eggs large (120g) 
180 Grams Butter 160 +  
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