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Greek sweet bread – Tsoureki

  • Vegetarian Diet

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

Greek sweet bread – Tsoureki


Mixture Α

  • In a mixer’s bowl, add the flour, water and yeast.
  • Whisk by hand and set aside for 15 minutes so the yeast can activate.

Mixture Β

  • Beat the 1 tablespoon of the sugar and mastic with a mortar and pestle until finely ground.
  • In a saucepan, add mastic mixture, milk, butter cut into pieces, orange zest, mahlab, vanilla extract and granulated sugar.
  • Place over low heat and whisk continuously, until the butter melts and all of the ingredients are completely incorporated. Attention! You do not want the mixture to come to a boil. You only want it to become warm.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Add the eggs and salt. Whisk thoroughly.
  • Attention – the eggs should be 50 g each, no larger. You want the eggs to weigh 200 g in total.
  • Add to mixer’s bowl that contains the yeast. Beat for 5 minutes on low speed with the hook attachment.

Mixture C

  • Add the flour and continue beating for 10-14 minutes. Begin beating on low speed until all of the flour is incorporated and then you can turn speed up.
  • Add the melted butter and beat on low speed for 5-7 minutes, until all of the butter is absorbed.
  • When the dough completely pulls back from the sides of the bowl, it is ready.
  • Brush a separate bowl with some vegetable oil and transfer dough to it. Cover with plastic wrap or a towel and set it aside for 1 – 1 ½ hours, until it doubles in size.

To assemble

  • Divide the dough into two parts and then divide each part in half again to create four equal sized pieces.
  • Shape into round strips that are about 50 cm each.
  • Connect the four ends on one side so that you can create a braid.
  • It will help you to give each strip a number, 1-2-3-4.
  • Fold strip 4 over strip 2.
  • Strip 1 over strip 3.
  • and strip 2 over strip 3.
  • Repeat this process as many times as necessary to create a beautiful braid.
  • Carefully transfer to a baking pan lined with parchment paper and follow the exact same process to make the second tsoureki.
  • Preheat oven to 150* C (300* F) Fan.
  • Cover both loaves with a towel and allow them to rise for about 30 minutes.
  • Brush with egg wash (egg yolk diluted with water) and sprinkle with almond slivers.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes.
  • Instead of 2 loaves of sweet bread, we can make 4 and bake them for 30 minutes.
  • When ready, remove from oven, allow to cool and serve.


If you're making tsourekia for the first time, try making 4 small loaves of sweet bread instead of 2 large ones.

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Nutrition information per 100 gr.

Calories (kcal)
18 %


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)
16 %

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)
32 %

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)
21 %


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)
18 %


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)
18 %


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)
8 %


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)
1 %


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

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