Sweet Easter Bread (Tsoureki) 1
 
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Sweet
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
For the Starter
  • 180 gr. /6 oz. all-purpose flour
  • 225 gr. /8 oz. lukewarm water
  • 4 ½ tsp dry yeast
For the Tsoureki
  • 75 gr. / 2.5 oz. melted butter, warm
  • 400 gr. /14 oz. + 125 gr. /4.5 oz. all-purpose flour
  • 175 gr. /6 oz. sugar
  • 1 ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground mahlep
  • 1 tsp ground mastic
  • 2 large eggs + 1 egg for brushing the tsoureki
  • 20 gr. /1 tbsp + 1 tsp powder milk
  • Almonds in slices for decoration
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
For the Starter
  1. In a bowl add the 180 gr. /6 oz. flour the water and the yeast.
  2. Whisk and let it stay covered in a warm place for 45 minutes.
  3. You will see after the 45 minutes that it will be double in volume and have bubbles on the surface.
For the Tsoureki
  1. In a blender add the sugar, the salt and the mahlep and ground them until the sugar becomes fine.
  2. Add the ground mastic too.
  3. In the starter add the two eggs and the 75 gr. / 2.5 oz. of butter and whisk.
  4. In the mixer bowl put the hook and mix the 125 gr. /4.5 oz. of flour, the powder milk, the sugar mixture and the starter.
  5. Start throwing the 400 gr. /14 oz. of flour in 3 butches.
  6. Let the mixer whisk for couple of minutes or until the dough is gathered around the hook.
  7. Put the dough in a big floured bowl, cover it with a towel and let it rest in a warm place for an hour.
  8. After an hour, knead to make a tsoureki to the shape you like.
  9. Coat a baking tray with parchment paper and transfer the tsoureki there.
  10. Let it rest covered for another one hour.
  11. Brush with a slightly whisked egg and decorate with the almonds
  12. Bake it in a preheated oven at 175° C/350° F for 30 to 40 minutes or until it takes a beautiful golden brown color.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Recipe by Nectaria Pantazopoulou
Recipe by Culinary Flavors at http://www.culinaryflavors.gr/easter-sweet-bread-and-easter-cookies-tsoureki-and-koulourakia/