So, with Easter coming, I wanted to share my version of Tsoureki – it’s a traditional Greek Easter bread recipe, and similar ones appear in the other parts of Mediterranean (one of which I’ll be sharing soon, so that you have a choice 🙂 )
If you ever wanted to add a dash of Mediterranean cuisine to your Easter brunch, you’re gonna love this bread.
Now, to clarify – “normal”, more popular version of Tsoureki comes with red dyed eggs in it, braided.
The version I created, however, relied more on the old greek cookbooks, which didn’t braid the whole bread, but only added the little braid around. Since I enjoy simplicity, I decided to share this one with you.
I omitted red dyed eggs, just because – it’s not Easter yet, I don’t have them available. So I’m gonna be updating the photos with red eggs.. for Easter.
If you wanna add them, prepare your red eggs and make sure they’re fully dried before inserting them into the bread, before baking. Some versions call for fresh red dyed eggs – so that eggs bake with the cake, others call for eggs that are already boiled. Either way, I’m pretty sure you’re gonna be fine 🙂
Since we’re talking about adding dyed eggs inside the bread you’re gonna eat, I’d suggest natural dye – if you’re going to bake a healthy bread, you probably don’t wanna ruin it with chemicals, right?
You can achieve red eggs by cooking them with red onion peels.
WHY YOU SHOULD EAT IT:
– Whole grain spelt flour: fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, zinc, iron, phosphorus
– Oranges: vitamin C, potassium, fiber, thiamin, antioxidants
– Coconut sugar: iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, antioxidants
– Eggs: vitamin A, folate, pantothenic acid, vitamin B2, B12, phosphorus, selenium, Vitamin E, D, K & B6, zinc & the best protein
– Butter: vitamins A, D, E, K, B12
WHOLE GRAIN TSOUREKI, GREEK EASTER BREAD
Delicious and nutritious, simple
- 3 1/3 cups (500g) whole grain spelt flour + more (for me ca 5tbsp
- 1.5 oz (40g) fresh yeast
- 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 organic orange, zest and juice
- 1 lemon zest
- 1/3 cup (60g) muscovado or coconut sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1/3 cup (75g) butter room temperature
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg yolk
- 2-3 tbsp sesame seeds
Combine orange juice with yeast, apple cider vinegar and a bit of sugar. Set aside.
In a bowl, combine flour, orange zest, lemon zest, coconut sugar and salt.
Add yeast mixture, eggs, butter.
Knead for ca. 5 minutes, if the dough is sticky, add few tbsp flour – one by one. I needed 5 tbsp
When it’s not sticky anymore, knead it for a few minutes more, sprinkle it a bit with flour and set aside.
Let it rise for ca. 1 hour – if you want to let it longer (i.e. you have something else do to), it’s totally fine.
Preheat the oven at 375°F/180°C
Knead the dough again a bit, take 1/3 and from the rest, make a nice ball.
With the 1/3 dough, roll it in 2 long pieces and braid them. Put the braid around the ball.
Now would be the time to gently insert eggs if you’re doing that.
Brush the Tsoureki with the egg yolk and sprinkle it with sesame seeds.
Put your Tsoureki in he oven and bake for ca 40-45 minutes, until golden brown.
Before cutting it, let it cool down.