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Tsoureki: Easter bread

In Greece we make special sweet bread for Easter: Tsoureki! Traditionally we bake it on Thursday in the Holy Week.

Two ingredients give Tsoureki a very distinctive taste, masticha and mahlepi. Masticha comes from the island of Chios and is made of the resin of the mastic tree. Mahlepi is an aromatic spice made from the seeds of the cherry tree Prunus mahaleb. Once the Tsoureki is in the oven, these sweet spices will make your kitchen smell delicious!

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When the Tsoureki comes out of the oven all golden brown and covered with slivered almonds, it can be hard to safe it for Easter!

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It can be fun while making the Tsoureki, to put two red-dyed eggs between the strips of the braid.

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 Happy Easter everybody!!!

 

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