#34 Tsoureki-Cypriot Easter Bread
This year Catholic/Protestant Easter and Greek Orthodox Easter are celebrated on the same day.
Tsoureki (according to the infallible Wikipedia) is a traditional Easter Bread in Greece. This recipe was based on a Cypriot version, but there are many versions. The dyed eggs are red to represent the Blood of Christ.
This was the first time I had ever zested an orange. Here's a photo of rising dough, boiling eggs and zested orange...the dough smelled amazing!
This was an easy and pretty quick bread to make. It should have looked like this:
It is not easy to get eggs a super red color.
The bread tasted yummy!
This video is a clip from one of my all-time favorite movies, starring one of my favorite actors/writers Nia Vardalos. She's super-funny. If you are on twitter you should follow her. The Easter scene starts at about the 5:30 mark.
Here's an interesting piece on Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations by Rita Wilson: http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2007/04/why_easter_is_greek_to_me_xris.html
ΚΑΛΟ ΠΑΣΧΑ —HAPPY EASTER!