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Chocolate Chip Sweet Mahlab Bread

Chocolate Chip Sweet Mahlab Bread


                                                                                        Photo credit: G. Drakopoulos - Food Styling: T. Webb

  • In a mixers bowl, combine the water, yeast and 2 tablespoons of flour with a spoon. Cover gently with the remaining flour.
  • Set aside and allow it to rise for about ½ an hour. It will be ready when the yeast is activated and bubbles will rise and break out of the flour.
  • Beat the sugar, mahlab and mastic in a small blender, until they are finely ground. You can also do this with a mortar and pestle.
  • Heat the honey, 100 g butter, orange zest, vanilla and ground sugar and spice mixture in a pan, over very low heat. Heat only until it warms through and the butter melts, do not over heat.
  • Remove pan from heat and add the eggs into the lukewarm mixture. Beat with a hand whisk until completely combined.
  • Add to the mixer. Beat until a dough forms and it starts to pull back from the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the 50 g chilled butter cut into cubes, while the mixer is beating.
  • As soon as the last piece of butter has been absorbed, remove dough from mixer. Transfer to a bowl, cover with a towel and set aside to rise for about 1-2 hours. (Do not set aside in a very warm place.)
  • When ready, shape the dough into two braids. Insert the pieces of chocolate in the dough and set aside to cool for another 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 180* C (350* F) Fan.
  • Brush braids with some egg white and bake for 20-30 minutes.


You need to beat the dough extremely well in the mixture to create a "stringy" dough that is necessary for this type of sweet bread.

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Nutrition information per 100 gr.

Calories (kcal)
17 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
22 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
45 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
17 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
16 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
13 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
10 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
2 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo 917a1b6ba55874b5d139866e10c236ccff8cbaa226cb4c05ba54efca0b20cc63

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