Christmas Brioche

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I always believed that the Greek Easter Bread “Tsoureki” should be baked and enjoyed all year round. It is so delicious. Here is my Christmas version. It’s for those of you who think Christmas cake is really rich but just love the aromas of cinnamon and cloves and crave the taste of candied citrus peel. Well, this bread is for you. Continue reading

“Tsoureki” – Greek Easter Bread

tsoureki uncut.jpgI remember when I was a kid, people took Greek Easter far more seriously. Easter Thursday and Friday were mourning days and everything was shut, from grocery stores to restaurants. There was no TV and fasting for 40 days was the norm. As a kid with no religious aspirations at the time, surely I hated the fact I couldn’t watch TV for 2 days, but my greatest protest was not being able to eat “tsoureki” until Easter Sunday. Continue reading

“Tsoubabka” – A cross between the Greek Easter bread “Tsoureki” and the brioche-like bread “Babka”

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Sounds a bit like food from Star wars only its not. It’s a cross between “Tsoureki”, the traditional Greek Easter bread, and “Babka”, a Polish, chocolate filled brioche-like bread. “Babka” dough is very similar to the Greek “tsoureki” only is contains far less orange flavor and no mastic, a very traditional way of flavouring Tsoureki. At first, I was a bit hesitant to use the mastic, as I thought the combination with chocolate would make it taste more like an alien culinary delight. Continue reading