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Individual 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.

  • Nuts Free Diet

    It is usually followed when someone is allergic to nuts.

Individual Greek sweet bread – Tsoureki

Method

Mixture Α

  • In a mixer’s bowl add the flour, water, yeast, and whisk well with a hand whisk.
  • Set the mixture aside for 15 minutes until the yeast is activated.

Mixture Β

  • Add 1 tablespoon of the sugar into a mortar and pestle, along with the mastic, and crush them well until the mastic is powdered.
  • In a saucepan add the mastic, milk, the butter cut into pieces, orange zest, mahlab, vanilla extract, and the rest of the sugar.
  • Transfer over low heat until the butter melts and the ingredients are homogenized, stirring constantly. Beware, the mixture should not boil.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool for 5-10 minutes. Make sure that the mixture is not too hot as it will burn the yeast.
  • Add the eggs, the salt, and whisk well.
  • Transfer the mixture from the saucepan to the mixer’s bowl with the mixture A, and beat with the hook attachment at low speed for 5 minutes.

Mixture C

  • Add the flour to the mixer’s bowl with the rest of the ingredients and beat with the hook attachment again, at low speed for 10-14 minutes, until the flour is absorbed.
  • Increase the mixer’s speed to high, after the flour has been absorbed.
  • Add the melted butter to the mixer’s bowl and beat with the hook attachment at low speed, for 5-7 minutes, until the butter is absorbed. Once the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, it is ready.
  • Remove the dough from the mixer and put it into a bowl that is greased with a little seed oil.
  • Cover with plastic wrap, or with a dish towel, and set aside for 2 hours until the dough doubles in size.

To assemble

  • Divide the dough into 12 pieces.
  • Shape them into 12 balls and transfer them to a 25x30 cm baking pan lined with parchment paper. Make sure you place them apart as they will rise a lot and touch each other.
  • Cover the pan with a dish towel and let the dough rise for 40 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 150οC (300ο F) set to fan.
  • Brush the dough balls with the egg wash and bake them in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove the sweet buns from the oven and let them cool.
  • Serve.
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Nutritional
Chart

Nutrition information per portion

287
Calories (kcal)
14 %

Calories

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.

9.4
Total Fat (g)
13 %

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.

5.2
Saturated Fat (g)
26 %

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.

43.0
Total Carbs (g)
17 %

Carbohydrates

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.

13.0
Sugars (g)
14 %

Sugars

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.

7.3
Protein (g)
15 %

Protein

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.

1.4
Fibre (g)
6 %

Fibers

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.

0.09
Sodium (g)
2 %

Salt

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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