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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 %
Total Fat (g)
22 %
Saturated Fat (g)
45 %
Total Carbs (g)
17 %
Sugars (g)
16 %
Protein (g)
13 %
Fibre (g)
10 %
Sodium (g)
2 %

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