Greek Easter Bread Recipe

Posted on March 04, 2017 by Sweet Day Gourmet

Greek Easter Bread

Tsoureki is a traditional Greek Easter bread; a sweet yeast bread made with eggs, milk, and butter. It is a staple during our family's Greek Easter. The three-strand braid is a symbol of the Holy Trinity, and the red-dyed hard-boiled egg in the center symbolizes the blood of Christ.

This recipe is over 70 years old, and has been handed down from recent generations.

You will need:

  • 2 cups heated milk (heat it up, but then let it cool until you can hold your finger in it for 10 seconds)
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound melted butter (not too hot)
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 7 cups flour


  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees
  2. Mix dry ingredients (except the flour) together
  3. Add milk slowly
  4. Add eggs & butter
  5. Blend, then slowly add in flour to form a workable dough
  6. Knead the dough until it is not too sticky
  7. Cover with a towel & let rise (about 1 hour)
  8. Separate amounts for pans - or if you plan to braid 
  9. Lightly flour work surface
  10. Either loosely rope together the braids of dough , or just put into a greased pan
  11. Cover and let rise again
  12. Gently add the red-dyed hard-boiled egg to the center 
  13. Bake for 45 minutes - drop temperature to 300 degrees after the first 30 minutes or until it sounds hollow when tapped
  14. Wait 30 minutes to cut

The egg is for a decorative/traditional purpose and should not be eaten.