Not only Greeks enjoy talking about their history they really enjoy the food too. They have so many beautiful breads and cakes. I love lots of different styles of baking and I thought of sharing this after a friend suggested this to me.
For a more authentically Greek Easter bread, season it with Mahlab and mastic. You can buy online or from Arabian or Greek food stores. This is a very different style of bread with a hot sugar syrup. This syrup absorbs to the bread like a magic.
If you do not like the muffins very sweet you can always omit the sugar syrup. You can half this recipe with out a problem.
Always when you have left overs freeze them and use them when you need.
- 70g Butter
- 75ml Milk
- 100g Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 440g Bread flour
- Zest of one Orange
- 12 g Instant dry Yeast
- 50ml Warm Water
- 100g Sugar
- Vanilla (Few Drops)
- Pinch Cinnamon
- Any kind of a nut chopped for topping
For the Syrup
- 50ml Water
- 150g or 1 cup Sugar
- Add bread flour, orange zest, yeast, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, milk and water in to a mixing bowl and knead until its smooth and elastic. About 20 min.
- Leave in a greased bowl in a warm place to double in size.
- Then cut in to pieces and make balls. Put them in muffin trays or disposable foil cases.
- Leave to double in a warm place.
- After brush the tops with eggs sprinkle some nuts and bake on 180c about 15-20 min.
- Before taking the bread out boil sugar and water and pour over top of buns when they come out from oven.
- Cool on wire a rack.