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Yia Yia’s Tsoureki (Greek Easter Bread) Recipe

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Yia Yia’s Tsoureki (Greek Easter Bread) Recipe

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    Ingredients :

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water (110 degrees F (43 degrees C))
  • 6 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup shortening (such as Crisco®)
  • 1 teaspoon ground mastic (Optional)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs at room temperature, beaten
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds (Optional)
  • ½ cup water at room temperature
  • 2 red-dyed eggs (Optional)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds (Optional)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (Optional)
  • Methods :

  • Step 1

    Pour yeast into a small bowl; add warm water and 1/4 cup of flour. Stir, cover with two damp kitchen towels, and leave in a warm place until bubbly, about 2 1/2 hours.

  • Step 2

    Combine butter, shortening, and mastic in a saucepan over medium-low heat.

  • Step 3

    Stir milk and sugar together in another saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is warm. Remove from heat.

  • Step 4

    Pour 2 cups flour into the butter mixture and stir well. Add salt, then stir in the yeast mixture. Add 2 more cups of flour and stir well. Stir in 3 beaten eggs. Slowly add the milk mixture and 1 cup of flour and stir well. Add the room-temperature water and the last cup of flour and stir until the dough is not sticky.

  • Step 5

    Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for 20 minutes with lightly floured hands. Form dough into a ball. Cover with damp towels and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

  • Step 6

    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease two baking sheets.

  • Step 7

    Divide dough into two pieces and separate each piece into three strands. Braid each of the 3 strands together to form 2 braided loaves. Place on the baking sheets. Nestle the red-dyed eggs between the strands. Brush the dough with the remaining beaten egg. Sprinkle the tops with almonds and sesame seeds.

  • Step 8

    Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 25 minutes.

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