Many years ago, Mrs. Amy Sallas of Skokie, IL passed along this recipe for traditional Greek Christmas bread.
6 cups flour
2 pkg. dry yeast (be sure to check expiration date!)
1-⅓ cup milk
8 tbsp. butter
6 tbsp. sugar
1-½ tsp. salt
- Preheat oven to 350˚,
- In a large bowl, stir together 3 cups of flour with the yeast.
- In a saucepan, heat milk; add butter, sugar and salt. Cook until butter just starts to melt. Add this to the flour mixture.
- In a separate bowl, beat two eggs.
- Add to the flour mixture, using a mixer beat at low speed for one minute. Switch to high speed, and mix for three minutes. Gradually add remaining flour, until a soft dough is formed.
- Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic.
- Cover the bowl with a towel and let the dough rise in a warm place, until it doubles in bulk.
- Punch down, then let rest an additional 10 minutes. Remove a portion of the dough, to use later for a decorative cross and a twisted rope, which will be placed around the cross.
- Shape remaining dough into a ball. Place in a 10” round cake pan and flatten.
- With the saved dough, make a cross for the top. Use remaining dough and twist two ropes together and place around the cross. This is to remind us that Christ is King and He has dominion over all creation. Decorate with walnuts. Leave to rest again, until it doubles in bulk.
- Brush the top of the bread with a beaten egg. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
- Bake approximately 35 minutes.