Tsoureki (Greek Easter Bread)

This is a favorite bread of Greeks and non-Greeks. It is great even for another day besides Pasca. It works great as French toast as well. Not a diet bread though!

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
2 loaves


  • 2 ¼ cups milk

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ¼ cup sweet butter

  • 1 teaspoon yeast

  • 8 cups unbleached bread flour, or more as needed

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 egg white

  • 1 cup chopped blanched almonds

  • 1 pound chopped dried apricots

  • 1 orange, zested and juiced

  • 1 lemon, zested

  • 1 tablespoon mahlepi

  • 1 egg yolk

  • ¼ cup milk

  • ½ cup slivered almonds


  1. Combine milk, sugar, and butter in a saucepan over low heat and warm to 112 degrees F (44 degrees C). Remove from heat. Stir in yeast and wait for mixture to bubble.

  2. Place flour in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture, whole eggs, egg white, chopped almonds, apricots, orange zest and juice, lemon zest, and mahlepi. Mix together. Knead dough until well mixed, adding extra flour if necessary until dough is only slightly sticky. Set dough aside until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  3. Combine egg yolk and 1/4 cup milk in a bowl and place in the refrigerator.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  5. Knead risen dough to expel bubbles and divide into 2 equal parts. Divide each half into 3 equal balls. Roll each ball into a rope about 18 inches long. Braid 3 ropes to make a loaf and tuck the ends underneath and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining 3 ropes to form a second loaf. Brush egg yolk mixture on top of each loaf and sprinkle with slivered almonds. Brush again with egg yolk mixture.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until loaves are brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom, about 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

474 Calories
11g Fat
82g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 474
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 63mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 82g 30%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 106mg 8%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 549mg 12%

* 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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