How to make the traditional Greek Easter bread.

  • 40 mins cooking
  • Serves 10
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Slightly sweet and rich with eggs, this Tsoureki bread is common throughout Central Asia, but is most famously made in Greece as part of their celebration of Easter.
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Tsoureki (traditional greek easter bread)
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 100 gram sugar
  • 500 gram flour (high gluten)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon mahlepi
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 6 whole eggs (2 eggs for the egg wash)
  • 100 gram unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk


Tsoureki (traditional greek easter bread)
  • 1
    Heat water but not to boiling point, place in mixer, add the orange juice and sugar.
  • 2
    Place flour, salt, mahlepi, vanilla sugar and dry yeast in a bowl and thoroughly mix all the dry ingredients; add this to mixer at low speed.
  • 3
    Add 4 eggs, melt the butter with the milk, pour the melted butter and milk gradually into the mixture whilst mixing for approximately 20 minutes.
  • 4
    Turn out the whole mixture onto workbench and cover with a towel. Leave it to rise and become double in size.
  • 5
    Divide it into 3 equal pieces, take each piece and roll it with your hands into a long strand. Do this to all 3 pieces, then create a plait while it is on a baking tray.
  • 6
    When it becomes double in size, add the red egg and lightly brush the whole tsoureki with the egg wash (you may add optional sesame seeds).
  • 7
    Place in preheated oven at 150°C for approx 40 minutes or until golden brown; allow to cool on tray.

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