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Greek Easter Bread ~Tsoureki

Tsoureki (tsoo-REH-kee)is the traditional sweet, braided bread of Greek Easter. Tsoureki is a rich yeast bread flavored with orange and a delightful spice called Mahlab (also called Mahlepi) that is ground from the pits of wild cherries.

Tsoureki is traditionally baked with dyed red hard-boiled eggs braided into the dough.
The three-strand braid symbolizes the Holy Trinity, and the red eggs symbolizes the blood of Christ. From ancient times, the egg has been a symbol of the renewal of life, and the message of the red eggs is victory over death.
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