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Tsoureki Greek Braided Bread

Tsoureki Bread

Traditional Easter bread with hints of orange zest!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 200kcal



    For the Bread:

    • 2 cups whole milk
    • 2 envelopes active dry yeast
    • 8 - 9 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup almond meal (optional)
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 tablespoon orange zest
    • 2 teaspoons finely ground anise seed
    • 1/4 cup butter unsalted, melted
    • 5 eggs very well beaten
    • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom

    For the Glaze:

    • 1 egg yolk
    • 2 tablespoons cream



      For the Bread:

      • Pour warmed milk into a bowl. Mix in 1 yeast packet, 1 cup flour and ¼ cup sugar. Let the mixture proof for an hour.
      • Add 7 cups flour, ground almonds, salt, orange zest, ground aniseed, cardamon and the rest of the sugar.
      • Create a well. Combine 1 packet of yeast eggs and melted butter. Work from the center to the outside until dough forms.
      • Use flour to dust a workspace. Knead the dough until it doesn’t stick to your hands and fingers. This may take about 10 - 15 minutes.
      • Oil a bowl. Place dough and cover with cloth. Let the dough rise for about 2 hours in a warm, draftless place. Punch the dough down. It should have doubled in size.
      • Evenly divide dough into 6 balls. Roll out into strips.
      • Connect three strips by pinching the top. Braid the strips, then pinch the bottom to reconnect.
      • Follow the same steps to make your second braided loaf.
      • If you want this to be a traditional Greek Easter Bread, add 2 red-dyed eggs into the braids.
      • Put the dough on parchment paper and cover. Let rise for 2 hours. It will double in size.
      • Preheat to 360 degrees F.

      For the Glaze:

      • Beat egg yolk and cream
      • Paint onto the loaf. 
      • Place the loaves on the lower rack and bake for 40 - 45 minutes.
      • Let cool



      Serving: 1serving | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4.5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.3mg