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Ekmek with Greek sweet bread

  • Vegetarian Diet

    Diet based on cereals, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and other animal foods such as honey and eggs. Excludes meat, fish, mollusks.

Ekmek with Greek sweet bread


For the syrup

  • In a pot over medium heat, add the water, sugar, honey, and lemon peels.
  • Stir and wait for the sugar to melt. As soon as it melts, remove from the heat, and set aside to cool.

For the base

  • Preheat the oven to 160oC (320o F) set to fan.
  • Cut the sweet bread – tsoureki into slices, and spread them onto the whole surface of a 25x32 cm baking pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the baking pan from the oven and as the ekmek base is hot, pour the cold syrup over with a ladle, slowly, making sure that the syrup goes everywhere.
  • Baking the sweet bread will make it shrink, but as soon as you pour the cold syrup, it will expand again.
  • Allow half an hour for it to absorb the syrup.

For the cream

  • In a pot over medium-low heat, add the milk and half of the sugar without mixing (attention: you want the milk to get warm and not burning hot). When it is done, remove from the heat, and stir.
  • In a large bowl, add the yolks, the remaining sugar, and mix well with a hand whisk. Add the vanilla extract, mahlab, cardamom, mastic, cornstarch, and mix a little more with the hand whisk. If the mixture is too thick, add a little of your milk. Practically, what you want to make is a crème patisserie.
  • Complete the process by adding the milk slowly into the egg mixture with a ladle, and mix constantly with the hand whisk. Pour the milk into the eggs so that the temperature of the eggs slowly raises.
  • Lastly, add the whole egg mixture into the pot, mix, place it over low heat, and stir constantly until the cream thickens.
  • Every so often, taste a little of the mixture. The cornstarch, until cooked, gives off a flour taste which you do not want. So, keep mixing, and when you have a taste and you do not understand the cornstarch, then your cream is ready.
  • Remove the pot from the heat.
  • Add the butter, and with a spatula, mix well until it melts.
  • Spread the whole cream over the syruped and well-cooled base. With a plastic spatula, spread evenly.
  • Cover with plastic wrap in a way that it touches the cream’s surface well (so that it will not make a crust), and refrigerate for about 2-3 hours to cool well.
  • At the same time, prepare the whipped cream by beating the heavy cream with the icing sugar.
  • Spread the whipped cream over the ekmek.
  • Serve with finely chopped pistachios on top.
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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
27 %


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)
26 %

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)
50 %

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)
32 %


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)
68 %


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)
16 %


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)
4 %


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)
6 %


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.

*The nutritional chart and the symbols refer to the basic recipe and not to the serving suggestions.

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

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