Friday, May 20, 2011

Sweet Easter Bread (Tsoureki)

I received these herbs from Katerina of Culinary Flavors yesterday, who was so kind as to send them all the way from Greece!  Thank you so much Katerina:D I was so excited to try these herbs on my bread and immediately upon reaching home, I retrieved Katerina's recipe and go about preparing the dough for this bread. Do head over to her blog to take a look at her wonderful loaves!

The herbs mentioned in her recipe, Mahlepi and Mastic...she's even so kind as to enclose a copy of googled information on these herbs for my reference! So kind of her:)
Look how wonderful my loaf is and smells so fragrant!

Fluffy and soft even on the next day...I shared with a colleague for breakfast and she agreed the texture was perfect and she loves the fragrance too!
The dough was pretty easy to handle, not too sticky. I am typing the recipe here converted to half the recipe for my future reference:)


35gr./1.25 oz butter
50 gr. /1.75 oz Milk
100 gr. /3.5 oz. sugar
2.5 gr./1/2 tsp mahlepi grated
2.5 gr./1/2 tsp mastic grated
50 gr./ 1.75 oz water
20 gr./0.75 oz fresh yeast (do not use dry or you will lose all the flavor)
325 gr./11.5 oz bread flour
1 1/2 eggs
1/2 egg for coating
Almonds slices for garnish (I substitute with poppy seeds since I do not have almond slices)

I enjoyed this bread with butter and a hot mug of coffee for breakfast....:D


  1. in fact it look really soft and good, lucky you!

  2. wow,pretty bread with such soft and fluffy texture!That's great you have such good and kindness friend!

  3. WoW! Gorgeous bread, really nice braiding.. I bet that smells divine, too! Wish I have me some of those herbs so I cant give this bread a try too!

  4. It must be fun braiding the bread...It's very perfect

  5. just wonderful to be able to try new spices which are not avaiable here, i think! beautiful loaf!looks like challah too!

  6. Perfect bread Jeannie! You know how to bake a good bread.

  7. Your loaf looks amazing! Thank you for your sweet comment on Sandra's post on my blog! So nice to meet you!

  8. I don't think I've ever seen a soft bread - and even the next day! It's a wonder. Or a testament to your considerable baking skills. The fragrance must delight.

  9. What a beautiful soft braided loaf! You for sure have mastered the bread-baking skill!

  10. jeannie I love this type of bread look absolutely nice, perfect! gloria

  11. The texture looks amazing! The herbs are really interesting, have to look them up!

  12. Oh how nice of Katerina. The bread looks super gorgeous as well. I bet it's so delicious. enjoying your weekend.
    Blessings, Kristy

  13. What a wonderful loaf! The texture looks fantastic.

  14. What a gorgeous looking bread, my dear! I can't wait to give this recipe a try. Thank you so much for sharing this deliciousness...I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow. Hugs from Austin!

  15. What a beautiful braided loaf! The texture looks perfect and I am sure it must be delicious!

  16. I am so sorry Jeannie I couldn't comment on this earlier! Your sweet bread looks absolutely divine and I know that it smelled as great. Thank you for your good words and if you ever need something Greek that you are unable to find where you live just let me know! I am so glad you liked it!


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