Tsoureki Recipe - Traditional Greek Easter Bread

  • by XpatAthens
  • Tuesday, 04 April 2017
Tsoureki Recipe - Traditional Greek Easter Bread
With a soft, fluffy, and buttery-brown crust, this is the most flavourful tsoureki recipe you will ever try! Greek Easter bread owes its full and rich flavour to the two aromatic spices, mastic and mahlab, used in this traditional tsoureki recipe.

Tsoureki is traditionally served on Easter as the three braids symbolise the Holy Trinity, but it is also very popular throughout the year as a delicious mid day snack, for breakfast, or with tea or coffee.
 
Ingredients
  • 135g butter, from cow’s milk, at room temperature (4.7 oz.)
  • 135g milk, at room temperature (4.7 oz.)
  • 200g sugar (7 oz.)
  • 4 medium eggs, at room temperature
  • 870g bread flour (30 oz.)
  • 21g dry yeast (0.7 oz.)
  • 100g lukewarm water (3.5 0z.)
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 3g ground mastic (0.11 oz.) (buy online in Australia, UK, US/CA)
  • 4g ground mahleb (0.14 oz.) (buy online UK, US/CA)
  • 1 egg and 1 tbsp water, for glazing the tsoureki
  • almond silvers for garnish

For the syrup

  • 150g sugar (3.5 oz.)
  • 150g water (3.5 oz.)
To learn how to make this traditional Greek Easter bread, please visit: MyGreekDish