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  1. 500 g strong bread flour

  2. 90 g sugar

  3. 90 g butter

  4. 2 eggs

  5. 15 g salt

  6. 30 g dried yeast

  7. 180 ml water

  8. 180 ml milk

  9. grated zest of 2 oranges

  10. 1 pinch of ground mahleb

  11. 1 pinch of ground mastic

  12. 1 pinch of ground cinnamon

  13. 100 g sultanas

  14. eggs , beaten for egg wash

  15. 3 hard-boiled eggs , dyed red

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In a mixing bowl place the flour, sugar, butter, eggs, salt, yeast, water, milk, orange zest, mahleb, mastic and cinnamon. Mix together well and form into a dough.

  2. Knead for four minutes on a lightly flowered surface.

  3. Return dough to bowl and leave to rise for 1 hour 4. Add the sultanas to the dough and divide dough into 3 equal parts.

  4. Form the three dough portions into three 'strands' and plait together to form a 3 strand plait-shaped loaf.

  5. Brush with beaten egg, place on a lined baking sheet and set aside to rise for 1 hour.

  6. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas 6.

  7. Place the red-dyed eggs evenly down the centre of the plait, pressing their bases into the dough.

  8. Bake the loaf for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Remove and cool on a wire rack.

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