Lambropsomo Greek Easter Bread

Lambropsomo Greek Easter Bread

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  • 2 Tbs (2 packets, 30 ml) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) warm water
  • 1 cup (250 ml) warm milk
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) melted butter
  • 2 tsps (10 ml) coarse salt or 1 tsp (5 ml) table salt
  • 2 tsps (10 ml) anise seed, crushed
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) sugar
  • 1 Tbs (15 ml) grated orange rind
  • About 6 cups (1.5 L) white flour, preferably unbleached
  • 2-5 hard boiled eggs, dyed red


For the glaze: Soft butter Sesame seeds (optional) In a large bowl mix yeast with warm water, then stir in milk, butter and salt. Add the anise seed, the beaten eggs, the sugar, and grated orange peel. Keep stirring while adding the flour. When the mixture is stiff, turn out on a floured surface and knead about 10 minutes, until smooth and satiny. Clean the bowl and grease it well. Put the dough in the bowl, and turn so all surfaces are oiled; cover with plastic and let rise about 2 hours, until doubled. Punch the dough down, knead briefly and divide in half to make the two different shapes (or make two loaves of the same shape if you prefer). To make a round loaf with a cross with one half of the dough, first tear off a piece of dough, about one-fifth the whole amount. Form the larger piece into a round and put it on a greased baking sheet. Center one red egg on the top of the round. Divide the reserved piece in half and roll out 2 long strips. Place these over the egg in the form of a cross, tucking the ends under the loaf. To make a braided crown with the other half, divide the dough in thirds and roll out into ropes at least 2 feet (60 cm) long. Braid the ropes together, pinching the ends securely and then form into a circle on a greased baking sheet, pinching again the ends where they overlap. Nestle 4 red eggs in among the braids. Cover both loaves with a kitchen towel and let rise 1 hour. Bake in a preheated 350F (180C) oven for 30 minutes. Remove and brush immediately with butter, then sprinkle on optional sesame seeds. Makes 2 round loaves.

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