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Tsoureki (Greece)

ingredients

makes 2 loaves
450 g strong flour
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
150 ml warm milk
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp water
100 g melted butter
15 g yeast
1/2 tsp mastic
eggwash
sesame seeds

method

1. Sift 450 g strong flour and 1 tsp salt into a basin. Mix 2 eggs with 150 ml warm milk, add 1 tsp sugar, 2 tsp water, 100 g melted butter and 15 g yeast also 1/2 tsp mastic, which is powdered resin. Add to the flour and mix to a dough.

2. Allow to prove, divide into two, then mould each piece into 3 strands.

3. Twist into plaited loaves, place on a greased tray, brush with eggwash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

4. Allow to prove, then bake at 180°C for 30 minutes.

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