The Best Sweet Bread – Tsoureki

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“Tsoureki” Traditional Greek Easter bread

INGREDIENTS

2 teaspoons active dry yeast

½ cup warm water

½ cup warm milk

4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

½ cup white sugar

2 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk (reserve the egg white for egg wash)

2 teaspoons salt

4-4 ½ cups unbleached flour

Grated rind of 1 orange

½ cup melted chocolate (optional)

Toasted almond slivers (optional)

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Tsoureki sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

Dissolve the yeast in ½ cup warm water, according to package instructions. Add a pinch of white sugar and set aside until the water is foamy (about 10 minutes).

In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the flour, white sugar and salt.

Once the yeast is ready, add to the flour mixture along with the warm milk, melted butter, eggs and egg yolk, and orange rind.

Mix on low with the bread or hook attachment for 6-8 minutes (this is in place of kneading by hand).

Place the ball of dough in a large oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, then a kitchen towel and allow to rise until doubled, about 1 ½ – 2 hours.

Separate the dough into three pieces.

On a floured surface roll out each piece into a long rope, about 12 inches long. Line them up next to each other and braid just like braiding hair.

Braided tsoureki

Tsoureki on baking sheets

Place the braided Tsoureki on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and allow to rest for about 1 hour until it is puffy.

Before baking brush the Tsoureki with egg wash, and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Optional: Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, and drizzle over cooled Tsoureki. Top with toasted almond slivers.

Chocolate Tsoureki

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Recipe by Alexandra Salidas Roll our gracious Figs & Feta contributor!

Alexandra is a third-generation Greek-American with years of on-the-job training in the kitchen with her grandmothers and parents as her greatest teachers. She is the founder and voice behind the successful Greek food Blog, Figs & Feta. Alexandra has spent many summers (and a few chilly winters) in Greece with family and friends soaking up the food culture. She resides in Northern California with her husband and three boys. Read more about Alexandra and on our About Us page and click on her social media accounts to follow her!

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