Tsoureki is a light yeast bread, made with lots of eggs, similar to challah. Loaves are usually braided or twisted, and the final shape can be a regular or round loaf, crescent, ring, or other shape devised by creative cooks. For this photo, I made a simple twist, coiled it into a circle, and tucked an egg in the center.
Great taste combinations: Tsoureki is delicious toasted and buttered with breakfast, and if you like the combination of sweet and salty, try it with feta cheese.
Tsoureki trivia: In 2005, baker Vassilis Pantazis, of Mytilini on the Greek island of Lesvos, made the Guinness record book with a loaf that was 165.3 feet long and weighed almost 214 pounds. It took 154 pounds of flour, 44 pounds of eggs, and who knows how many hours of kneading!
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