Lenten tsoureki

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Lenten tsoureki without eggs and milk.

Lenten tsoureki
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What we need:

  • 2.20 lbs strong flour for tsoureki 
  • 2 oranges, juice and zest 
  • 7.05 oz olive oil 
  • 2 packets of dry yeast 
  • 7.05 oz sugar 
  • 8.82 oz lukewarm water 
  • 1 tsp mahlab  
  • 1 tsp ground mastic 
  • Optionally: dark chocolate drops or flakes
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How to do it:

  1. Mix 200 gr of the flour with the two packets of yeast and the water in a bowl. Let the batter double for 20'.
  2. Put the flour in a large bowl, make a well in the middle and add the rest of the ingredients. Finally, add the yeast batter. Knead well until you have a firm dough. Let it rest in a warm place and double in size (it takes about 2 hours). 
  3. Divide the dough into parts and knead one by one so that it gets a smooth texture and then give it any shape you like (round, braid, etc.). 
  4. Place them on a baking tray that you have lined with baking paper leaving quite a bit of space between them so that they rise again (they need 1 additional hour). 
  5. Bake at 150-160°C for 45΄.
  6. Optionally: For a chocolate filling, make a thin roll of the dough (like a snake). Press it with the rolling pin so that it gets flat. Sprinkle with the chocolate drops and then seal it from end to end. Now you have a snake with plenty chocolate in its belly.  Shape it into a round tsoureki or make another and braid them.

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