Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

#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!

I'm still not sure what to do with the orange since I don't eat oranges.

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.

See?  Mine are hot pink...which is cool but not the way they are supposed to be.

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:



  1. Protip: if you want your egg dye to be red, use the recipe on the back of the food dye instead of one of those weird little tablet things.

  2. I used red food dye and the color was pretty red until the baking. Do you have any recommendations for something to get them darker or to keep the color?

  3. It looks pretty good to me! :-)