Greek Easter Bread "Tsureki"

Category: Special bread
Kitchen: greek
Greek Easter Bread Tsureki


flour 900 gr.
butter 75 gr.
milk 120 ml
warm water 120 ml
live yeast 40 gr.
powdered sugar 160 g
eggs (large) 3
makhlepi (grind) 5 gr.
mastic (grind) 5 gr.
a pinch of salt
yolk + a few drops of ice water
almond petals or peeled chopped roasted almonds

Cooking method

  • palette - resin of a pistachio tree growing only on the island of Chios (Greece)
  • makhlepi - the kernels of the Mediterranean wild cherry.
  • I will make a reservation right away - without these 2 components, it is impossible to cook real tsureki !!!
  • I don’t know how possible it is to buy mastic and makhlepi outside of Greece, but., if yes, be sure to bake this sunny Easter bread, unusually tasty, with a layered structure, slightly stringy and very aromatic, it does not stale for a long time, delicious with tea, milk, coffee, and just like that!
  • Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  • Milk, butter, sugar, salt, paste and makhlepi, heat up to 50 "C and stir well.
  • Place in a bowl, add eggs, yeast and gradually adding flour, knead a soft dough that does not stick to your hands, roll it into a ball.
  • Grease a clean bowl with butter, place the dough in it and make a cross-shaped cut on its surface with a sharp knife, cover with a towel and put in a warm place.
  • If the volume of the dough that has come up more than doubles, and from the cross-cut there are barely noticeable outlines - the dough is ready!
  • Divide the dough into 3 parts.
  • Weave a braid from each, below I will give a link to those that I weaved.
  • Place the ready-made braids on a baking sheet covered with baking paper and proof for 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • the beauty and shape of the braid depends on the correct proofing, it does not break during baking, forming stretched white dough threads at the joints, this is very important !!!
  • Grease the matched braids with an egg and sprinkle with almond flakes.
  • Bake in a hot oven at 180 "for 40 minutes until golden brown.


natarit, that's so beautiful!
Very nice bread! And that the mastic can only be found on the island of Chios? Well then, we urgently go there! And makhlepi, too, only there? Urgently everyone to Greece - everything is there ...
Not ... we'll just have Natalia to ask the whole suffering and thirsty forum to send parcels with all sorts of oddities, differences, with Greek wonders ... And then in the Greek hall, in the Greek hall ... In general, we already have white mice , but many other necessary things have not appeared
thanks girls! Greece, unfortunately, is not the same! you can see these components in the online store!
Quote: natapit

thanks girls! Greece, unfortunately, is not the same! you can see these components in the online store!

Natasha, very beautiful and tempting, looks like Khala ...
I was waiting for a recipe from you) for the holidays !!! I just want to prod it in the kitchen and not bookmark it, as always! !! I'm always missing something ...
but don't tell me in Arabic, maybe I can find it before the holidays
I apologize for the late answer, the fact is that I urgently left for Ukraine and only now I was connected to the Internet! no, I don't know the name in Arabic, English. variat - mahlepi - mahlepi. mastiha - mastiha.

katerix, I just saw your question, it may not be too late. From the encyclopedia of spices:

Mahlab (Mahlebi, Mahleb):

And one more article, there is a title in Arabic
Mahaleb Cherry (Prunus mahaleb L.):

Arabic: محلب, mahlab, mahleb
Mastic (x) a - I found only such names, I did not find Arabic script anywhere.

Arabic: dharou, derw, dirw, mustik
Quote: ELa_ru

katerix, I just saw your question, maybe it's not too late. From the encyclopedia of spices:

thanks a lot I will look !! and after all, for forty days, bake paski, Easter cakes .. I'll take a look, I'll ask ... it's interesting even to look and smell
We also bake such bread - it's very tasty! And fortunately we have all the ingredients.
Thanks for the recipe
Thanks for the recipe! I love tsureki very much, when I am in Greece, I definitely bring tsureki from one excellent pastry shop. Now I will try to bake the same, with chestnut paste and covered with white chocolate glaze. I bought all the spices on ebay, by the way)
Julia, can I ask you when you are in Greece and buy tsureki with my share? I was in 2013, but I could only find a palette. No more trip is foreseen yet.

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