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Tsoureki (Greek Easter Bread)

ingredients

2-7 gram Packets Active Dry Yeast  
 2   cups Warm  Milk
9 to 10 cup All-Purpose  Flour
 1   1/2 cups Granulated  Sugar
 2   tsp Makhlepi (optional)  
 8   Tbs. melted and cooled  Butter
 6   (1 lightly beated)  Eggs
 1   Tbs. Grated  Orange Rind
 1   Tbs. Grated  Lemon rind
 2   Hard-cooked red-dyed Eggs (optional)  
 2   Tbs. Black Cumin Seeds  

method
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warmed milk. Stir in 1 cup flour and 1/2 cup sugar, cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 1-hour. Steep makhlepi (if utilizing)in 1/2 cup simmering water for about 5-minutes. Strain mixture and discard seeds. Set remaining liquid aside to cool. Stir 1/2 cup water or makhlepi-scented liquid into the yeast mixture. Add butter and 5 eggs and thoroughly combine. Sift in 8 cups of flour, salt and remaining sugar into bread mixture. Add salt, orange and lemon zest, and mix thoroughly with a large wooden spoon. Turn out dough onto a floured surface. Knead, adding more flour if necessary, until smooth, approximately 10-minutes. Form the dough into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover the dough with a clean dish towel and set aside to raise for about 2-hours. Return dough to the floured surface. Divide the dough into 6-equal parts and roll into ropes about 15-inches long. For each loaf, loosely braid 3 ropes, turn under ends and press 1 dyed egg (optional) near one end of each braid. Set bread aside to rise again for at least 1-hour on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Pre-heat oven to 350-F degrees. Brush bread with remaining beaten egg and sprinkle with black cumin seeds. Bake until golden, approximately 40 to 50-minutes. Store cooled bread in an airtight container or serve warm.



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