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Greek Easter Bread

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  Fresh yeast 1 Ounce (25 Gram)
  Warm milk 4 Fluid Ounce (120 Milliliter / 1/2 Cup)
  Strong plain flour 1 1⁄2 Pound (675 Gram /6 Cups)
  Eggs 2 , beaten
  Caraway seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon (2.5 Milliliter)
  Caster sugar 15 Milliliter (1 Tablespoon)
  Brandy 15 Milliliter (1 Tablespoon)
  Butter 2 Ounce, melted (50 Gram / 4 Tablespoon)
  Egg white 1 , beaten
  Hard boiled eggs 3 , dyed red
  Split almonds 2 Ounce (50 Gram / 1/2 Cup)

1. Crumble the yeast into a bowl. Mix with one or two tablespoons of warm water, until softened. Add the milk and 115 g / 4 oz / 1 cup of the flour and mix to a creamy consistency. Cover with a cloth, and leave in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
2. Sift the remaining flour into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour the risen yeast into the well, and draw in a little of the flour from the sides. Add the eggs, caraway-seeds, sugar, and brandy. Incorporate the remaining flour, until the mixture begins to form a dough.
3. Mix in the melted butter. Turn on to a floured surface, and knead for about 10 minutes, until the dough becomes smooth. Return to the bowl, and cover with a cloth. Leave in a warm place for 3 hours.
4. Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 350°F/Gas 4. Knock back the dough, turn on to a floured surface and knead for a minute or two. Divide the dough into three, and roll each piece into a long sausage. Make a plait, and place the loaf on a greased baking sheet.
5. Tuck the ends under, brush with the egg white and decorate with the eggs and split almonds. Bake for about 1 hour, until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Cool on a wire rack.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Side Dish
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Preparation Time: 
240 Minutes
Cook Time: 
60 Minutes
Ready In: 
300 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 963 Calories from Fat 254

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 29 g44.8%

Saturated Fat 11.2 g56.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 320.5 mg106.8%

Sodium 115.8 mg4.8%

Total Carbohydrates 147 g49%

Dietary Fiber 6.6 g26.5%

Sugars 6.8 g

Protein 24 g48.5%

Vitamin A 15.2% Vitamin C 0.23%

Calcium 13.2% Iron 13.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Greek Easter Bread Recipe