Thursday, April 17, 2014

Traditional Easter Bread Recipe - Tsoureki

From the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel pastry team, we bring you their secret recipe for the traditional Easter Bread "Tsoureki" that they have been preparing this week in our kitchens

125 grs Bread Flour
55 ml milk
10 grs yeast

625 grs bread flour
175 grs Icing Sugar
3 Eggs
125 grs butter in room temperature
60 ml warm milk
9 gr orange zest
7 grs salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp soda
1 tbsp Mechlepi
1 tbsp Masticha
½ tbsp cardamom

1.    Mix the first 3 ingredients together to form a light dough and leave to rest for 2 hours in a warm place until it has doubled in size
2.    Mix all the rest of the ingredients together until a dough is formed. Add the first dough to the second dough and kneed till all mixed well
3.    Leave to rise for 1 hour and then kneed again and shape into the required shape and bake in the oven for approx. 35 minutes on 180 Degrees

Tsoureki is a type of braided bread which is traditionally served in Greece to celebrate Easter. Several neighboring nations also make a traditional Easter bread which is physically identical to tsoureki, such as choreg in Armenia and chorek in Turkey. This bread is traditionally served at the breaking of the Lenten fast, and loaves of tsoureki may also be exchanged on Easter Sunday as gifts of friendship and goodwill among Greeks. Godparents in particular tend to give tsoureki to their god-children.

Wishing you a Happy Easter ! Christos Anesti & Kalo Pascha ! From the whole team at Aphrodite Hills Resort.

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