Chocolate Tsoureki

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 Chocolate Tsoureki smells amazing and tastes like heaven!!!

Bakaliaros Skordalia

A custom across the country on this day ( March 25th ) is to eat crispy, fried Cod fish with garlic sauce (Bakaliaros skordalia) ! This has to do with the Lent before Easter, where no animals or animal products should be eaten. However the Orthodox Church allowed an exception for the celebration of the Annunciation and that it the Cod fish!

Why fried? Because that’s almost the only tasty way to eat the salted cod – the thought was that not all the region have availability to fresh fish.

Why garlic sauce? Because only garlic sauce matches with the fried Cod fish and as we know fried foods raise the pressure and garlic lowers the pressure.