Bougatsa Recipe

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  • Bougatsa (μπουγάτσα) is a Greek plyllo pastrie filled with custard cream. It is a Greeks favorite snack, breakfast, or even dessert, perfect for any time of the day. Although this seems like a difficult sweet to make it is actually an easy one. It takes about 30 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook. Here is our favorite recipe with detailed instructions.

Ingredients:

  • 1egg, room temperature
  • 1egg yolk, room temperature
  • 59.14ml sugar
  • 354.88ml whole milk
  • 59.14ml semolina (farina)
  • 118.29ml butter, cut into bits
  • 9.85ml fresh lemon juice
  • 1lemon, zest of
  • 2.46ml vanilla extract
  • 8-10phyllo pastry, thawed, covered with dampened towel
  • 118.29ml butter, melted
  • icing sugar
  • cinnamon
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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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