In Greece it is usual to have a special dish for special events. It belongs to there tradition like the Christmas tree on Christmas day. On Easter for example, you can smell in every household the famous Tsoureki, a traditional Greek Easter bread. It is not that easy to prepare, but it is definitely worth trying it.



For the Tsoureki you need:

135g Butter
135g Milk
200g sugar
4 medium eggs
870g bread flour
21g dry yeast
100g lukewarm water
Zest of orange
3g ground mastic
Make sure that all you ingredients are at room temperature

The preparation:

Add in one bowl the lukewarm water, a bit of sugar, the yeast and stir everything. Wrap the pot with cling film and wait for 7 to 8 minutes until it starts bubbling. Smash the mastic with a bit of sugar and add it into your bowl. Add the butter, the milk and the sugar and melt the butter at a very low heat, but be careful to not kill the yeast. Add the eggs into your bowl and whisk the mixture to combine. In another bowl, add the mastic, the flour and the butter-yeast-mixture. Now, mix everything very slowly until it is combined and than start to mix it for 15 minutes at a higher level. Place now the dough in a warm place for 2 to 3 hours. After that, make a rope out of the dough and cut it into peaces. Form the bowl to a braid and take it on a baking tray layered with parchment paper. Wait another hour until the bowl is twice big. After waiting, prepare the dough with one whipped egg and put it by 170°C for 40-50 minutes in the oven until it gets brown on the top, but stays fluffy inside.

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