Greek Easter Bread Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published May 8, 2020

This cinnamon-sweet bread includes red-dyed eggs as part of the traditional Easter symbology.

How To Make Greek Easter Bread

This Greek easter bread is a traditional brioche-like sweet yeasted bread, easily distinguishable with its dense crumb and red-dyed hard-boiled eggs.

  • 1 pkg. dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup water (warm )
  • 1/2 cup water (boiling )
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup milk (warm )
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 cup flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 egg yolk (beaten)
  • sesame seeds
  • 5 eggs (hard-cooked; unshelled -and dyed red)
  1. Soften yeast in warm water and set aside.
  2. Combine boiling water and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. Combine sugar and eggs; beat well.
  4. Add melted butter to egg mixture and beat again.
  5. Skim off 1/4 cup clear cinnamon water and add along with yeast and milk to egg mixture, blending well.
  6. Combine dry ingredients and add to batter; knead dough until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
  7. Shape dough to fit into 2 greased 8 in. round pans; crisscross 2 strips of dough over each loaf.
  8. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about an hour or until doubled in bulk.

  9. Brush loaves with beaten egg yolk and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until brown.
  11. Push dyed eggs into bread immediately when loaves are removed from oven.

How To Make Greek Easter Bread

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This Greek easter bread is a traditional brioche-like sweet yeasted bread, easily distinguishable with its dense crumb and red-dyed hard-boiled eggs.

Preparation Time: 30 mins
Resting Time: 1 hr
Cooking Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 55 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup water, warm
  • 1/2 cup water, boiling
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup milk, warm
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 cup flour, all-purpose
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • sesame seeds
  • 5 eggs, hard-cooked; unshelled -and dyed red

Instructions

  1. Soften yeast in warm water and set aside.
  2. Combine boiling water and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. Combine sugar and eggs; beat well.
  4. Add melted butter to egg mixture and beat again.
  5. Skim off 1/4 cup clear cinnamon water and add along with yeast and milk to egg mixture, blending well.
  6. Combine dry ingredients and add to batter; knead dough until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
  7. Shape dough to fit into 2 greased 8 in. round pans; crisscross 2 strips of dough over each loaf.
  8. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about an hour or until doubled in bulk.

  9. Brush loaves with beaten egg yolk and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until brown.
  11. Push dyed eggs into bread immediately when loaves are removed from oven.

Nutrition

  • Calcium: 202mg
  • Calories: 979kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 161g
  • Cholesterol: 379mg
  • Fat: 24g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Iron: 9mg
  • Potassium: 329mg
  • Protein: 29g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Sodium: 650mg
  • Sugar: 40g
  • Vitamin A: 1097IU
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