Tsoureki is a sweet, egg-enriched bread, rooted in the cuisines of Europe and Western and Central Asia.
It is formed of braided strands of dough.
In Greece , the TSOUREKI represent three major holidays , Easter, Christmas and New Years.
There are many local varieties of these festive breads, based on milk, flour, eggs, sugar, yeast, butter, and a flavoring which can be mahleb and mastic from Chios island.
The butter is added after kneading: the dough is stretched, brushed with melted butter, folded and stretched again repeatedly, until all the butter is incorporated.
The result of this technique is that the baked bread separates easily into strands.
A good tsoureki should be soft, moist and fluffy, yet stringy and chewy.
This Tsoureki filled with homemade cherry jam smells amazing and tastes like heaven!!!