Tsourekia- Greek Easter Bread

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READY IN: 2hrs 35mins
YIELD: 2 loaves
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 36
    ounces flour
  • 1
    cup butter
  • 2
    tablespoons grated orange rind
  • 1 12
    cups sugar
  • 12
    cup milk
  • 2
    tablespoons yeast
  • 12
    cup lukewarm water
  • sesame seeds (optional)
  • colored hardboiled egg (optional)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water.
  • Add a teacup of flour and beat the mix with a towel and place it in a warm place to rise.
  • Slightly heat the milk, the sugar, the butter and the orange rind and place them in a bowl.
  • Add the yeast, the eggs, beaten, and the flour, stirring constantly.
  • Make sure the dough is neither too soft nor too tough.
  • Cover this dough with a towel and let it stand in a warm place for about an hour and a half.
  • When the dough has doubled in size, knead it again by hand and shape plaited breads.
  • (Traditionally for easter, red colored hard cooked eggs may be pressed into the braided bread) Brush the breads with 2-3 beaten egg yolks and bake them in a medium oven for about 30-35 minutes.
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