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Apr 22, 2011 08:37 AM

Tsoureki / Greek Easter Bread

If you make tsoureki, which spices and other ingredients do you use?

I'm making a version with mastic, mahlepi and cinnamon this year, but have also seen versions calling for anise, allspice, lemon zest, orange zest and/or orange juice. Do you top your tsoureki with almonds or sesame seeds?

Do you cover your bread with a towel or plastic wrap as you let it rise? I've usually used a cloth towel, but I'm trying plastic wrap this year. Not sure if it will make much of a difference, if any.

What I'm making is slightly different, but here's Diane Kochilas' version, via Martha Stewart:

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