Tsoureki – The traditional Greek Easter Sweet Bread

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Tsoureki (τσουρέκι) is a rich sweet bread known as the traditional Greek Easter sweet bread. It is similar to French brioche but with the unique aroma of mahlepi and mastiha. This braided bread, usually with a red egg in the middle, decorates the tables and homes of those who celebrate Greek Easter all around the world. The traditional tsoureki is made of three braids, thus symbolizing the Holy Trinity. In the past years, Tsoureki breads and red eggs where taken to church, to be blessed by the priest of the village. People would eat it to break the 40 day Lenten fast
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It is also known as Labropsomo, or Labrokoulouro. The names vary according to the region of Greece they are made. The origins of this sweet bread are possibly Turkish, due to the 400 years of Ottoman domination. This kind of bread is called çörek in Turkish. Tsoureki breads are also made with chocolate, nuts, berries, cream or syrup and found everywhere in Greek bakeries throughout the year, but the traditional plain tsoureki is massively produced for Greek Easter. Delicious with various aromas, is the ideal breakfast on Easter Sunday.


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Chocolate  and Walnuts Tsoureki – Photo By Akis Petretzikis

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