|Yeast||4 Tablespoon (Use Cakes Or Packages)|
|Sugar||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Lukewarm water||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Warm milk||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Ground masticha||1⁄4 Teaspoon|
|Sweet butter||1 Pound, melted and cooled|
|Walnut halves||1 Tablespoon|
|Egg||1 , beaten|
|Sesame seeds||1 Tablespoon|
Soften yeast in lukewarm water.
Stir in milk.
Blend butter with flour thoroughly and stir in eggs, sugar, salt, and masticha.
Stir in yeast mixture and mix well.
Turn out on lightly floured board and knead for 10 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.
Place dough in oiled bowl, cover with cloth, and let rise in a warm place for about 2 hours or until double in bulk.
Punch down and knead until smooth.
Take a small piece of dough and roll out, making 2 crosses.
Form remaining dough into 2 loaves and put into large floured bread pans.
Put a cross on top of each loaf and press walnut halves along the edges of each cross.
Cover pans and let dough rise in a warm place for about 1 1/2 hours or until double in bulk.
Brush tops with beaten egg, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until bread is golden brown.