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Tsoureki (Sweet Greek Easter Bread)

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“This recipe was passed down to me from my Greek aunt. Traditionally the bread was made exclusively for Easter celebrations and had red-dyed hard boiled eggs nestled in the braids of the loaf. Nowadays the bread is popular at breakfast and is served all year round, without the hard boiled eggs.”
2 loaves

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat milk and whisk in 1½ cups flour, sugar, and yeast.
  2. Cover with plastic and let stand for ~30 minutes.
  3. Add eggs one at a time.
  4. Add another cup flour, orange zest, and salt. Then add butter, vanilla, and orange juice. Gradually add remaining flour, kneading until smooth.
  5. Coat a bowl with oil and roll dough in it to coat. Cover with plastic and let rise for 1½ hour. Preheat oven to 400.
  6. Make braids with the dough (2 loaves).
  7. Mix egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water. Brush loaves with mixture.
  8. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.

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