Greek Style Sweet Bread Muffins

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.

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Ingredients

  • 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

Method

  1. 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.
  2. Leave in a greased bowl in a warm place to double in size.
  3. Then cut in to pieces and make balls. Put them in muffin trays or disposable foil cases.
  4. Leave to double in a warm place.
  5. After brush the tops with eggs sprinkle some nuts and bake on 180c about 15-20 min.
  6. Before taking the bread out boil sugar and water and pour over top of buns when they come out from oven.
  7. Cool on wire a rack.

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