Tsoureki (Greek Easter bread)

Follow our simple steps to master Greek Easter bread in your kitchen this Easter, or try it as a weekend treat.

12

30m

Note: + cooling & rising time

45m

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp (1 sachet/7g) dried yeast
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 3/4 cup (185ml) milk
  • 80g butter, chopped
  • 4 1/2 cups (675g) plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp finely grated orange rind
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp ground star anise
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbs milk, extra
  • 2 tbs flaked almonds
  • Dyed eggs, to decorate

Method

STEP 1

Combine the yeast, water and 2 tsp of the sugar in a small bowl. Set aside for 5 mins or until the mixture is frothy.

STEP 2

Meanwhile, place the milk, butter and remaining sugar in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 1-2 mins or until butter melts and mixture is just heated through. Set aside for 5 mins to cool.

STEP 3

Place flour, salt, orange rind, lemon rind, almond extract, star anise and fennel seeds in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Add the yeast mixture, milk mixture and eggs. Stir to combine. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 mins or until smooth and elastic. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 1 hour or until dough doubles in size.

STEP 4

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Gently knead until smooth. Divide the dough into 3 even portions. Roll each portion into a 40cm log. Place the dough logs on the lined tray and braid them together. Loosely cover with plastic wrap. Set aside for 30 mins to rise.

STEP 5

Whisk egg yolk and extra milk in a small bowl. Lightly brush the egg yolk mixture evenly over the dough and sprinkle with the almond.

STEP 6

Gently nestle dyed eggs in dough.

STEP 7

Bake for 35-40 mins or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped on base. Cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Dietary information

Vegetarian
Nut-free
Peanut-free
Sesame-free
Soy-free

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