Greek Easter Bread


This is a very nice bread to serve anytime of the year not just at Easter. My mother always made this at Easter time, and I was finally able to get the recipe out of her. Now I want to share it with you. This recipe makes 2 loaves.

Loaf of fresh baked Greek Easter Bread sliced and glazed on a wooden cuting board
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 45 mins
2 loaves


  • 5 ½ cups high-gluten flour, divided

  • 2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 1 cup milk

  • ½ cup butter

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 3 tablespoons orange juice


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 tablespoon orange juice


  1. Mix 2 cups flour and yeast together in the bowl of a stand mixer.

  2. Stir milk, butter, sugar, and salt together in a saucepan; heat and stir over medium-low heat until the mixture is smooth and the temperature is between 90 degrees F (32 degrees C) to 100 degrees F (37 degrees C).

  3. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture, add eggs, and beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Increase speed to high and beat for 3 minutes more. Add 1 cup flour and 3 tablespoons orange juice to the mixture; mix on high for 3 minutes more.

  4. Fit the mixer with a dough hook. Add remaining flour to the mixture; beat with dough hook until the flour is completely incorporated.

  5. Grease a glass bowl. Put dough into the bowl. Let dough rise until doubled in volume, 1 to 2 hours.

  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  7. Punch dough down. Divide the dough into two halves. Split each half into three even pieces, roll each piece into a cylinder, and braid into loaves. Put loaves onto a baking sheet. Let rise, about 1 hour.

  8. Bake in preheated oven until the middle is baked, 25 to 30 minutes.

  9. Stir confectioners' sugar and 1 tablespoon orange juice together in a bowl; brush onto the tops of the loaves.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

312 Calories
7g Fat
31g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 312
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 202mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 80mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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