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Turkish çörek
Type Sweet bread
Variations Savoury versions
Cookbook:Tsoureki  Tsoureki

Tsoureki (Greek: τσουρέκι), also known as شوريك (Arabic), panarët (Arbërisht), choreg or "chorek" (Armenian չորեկ), çörək (Azerbaijani), kozunak (Bulgarian козунак), cozonac (Romanian) or çörek (Turkish)), is a sweet, egg-enriched bread, rooted in the cuisines of Western and Central Asia.[1] It is formed of braided strands of dough. There are also savoury versions.

Such rich brioche-like breads are also traditional in many other countries, such as Hungary and the Czech Republic. Examples of similar breads from other cultures are badnji kruh in Croatian cuisine, folar de páscoa in Portuguese cuisine, Brioche in French, kulich in Russian cuisine, panettone in Italian cuisine and challah in Jewish cuisine.

Greek traditions[edit]

Rich brioche-like breads (often braided) are known by various Greek names that represent three major holidays for Greeks: Easter, Christmas and New Year's. There are many local varieties of these festive breads, based on milk, flour, eggs, sugar, yeast, butter, and a flavoring which can be mahlab, Chian mastic or cardamom. The butter is added after kneading: the dough is stretched, brushed with melted butter, folded and stretched again repeatedly, until all the butter is incorporated. The result of this technique is that the baked bread separates easily into strands. A good tsoureki should be soft, moist and fluffy, yet stringy and chewy.

Tsoureki / Lampropsomo / Lamprokouloura: Easter Bread[edit]

The word tsoureki refers not only to the Easter batches, but to the traditionally sweet bread that's made under most circumstances; it is derived from the Turkish name.

The Greek word lampropsomo (λαμπρόψωμο) is derived from one Greek word for Easter, Λαμπρή, which means "bright light," and ψωμί, which means bread; referring to the light Christians believe is given to them by Christ's resurrection. Another name for the bread is lamprokouloura (Λαμπροκουλούρα): κουλούρα means "round" and, therefore, various forms of cookies and round breads. This braided bread can be shaped either into a circle or into two large braids and sprinkled with nuts, usually slivered, blanched almonds. It is served with red Easter eggs that have been dyed to represent the blood of Christ or red rosebuds[citation needed].

This bread was traditionally prepared with an essence drawn from the seeds of Mediterranean wild cherries, called makhlepi, (Greek: μαχλέπι). The bread can also be flavoured with mastic, the resin from Pistacia lentiscus, var. chia. In more recent years, vanilla-scented tsoureki has also become popular. If going for the full aromatic effect, a fourfold melange of aromatics is used: makhlepi, Chios mastic, cardamom, and vanilla.

Sometime tsoureki is used as a gift for special occasion, for instance, it can be given as an Easter gift from children to their godparents.

Christopsomo: Christmas Bread[edit]

Christopsomo (Χριστόψωμο), which translates as "Christ's bread", is a Greek bread decorated with an early form of the Christian cross with ends that split and curl into circles. Sometimes dough shapes representing initials, birth dates, ages and aspects of the family's life and profession are added. Christopomo is a rich, round loaf scented with wine soaked figs, anise and orange. It sometimes contains such ingredients as nuts, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and mastic, a dried pine resin. The bread is sometimes served with honey on Christmas Eve. Families leave pieces of bread on the table believing that Christ will come and eat them during the night.

The preparation of Christopsomo is considered a sacred tradition in Greek Orthodox homes, and the care with which it is made is said to ensure the well-being of the home in the year to come. In earlier times, Greek cooks baked large quantities of bread to last for ten to fifteen days, so baking just one or two loaves of Christopsomo the night before Christmas had special significance. The cook would begin by crossing him/herself before starting baking.

Tsourekaki: Easter Cookie[edit]

Tsourekaki (Τσουρεκάκι): A variant which consists of biscuits in the shape of the original tsoureki. It is common to add orange flavour.

Vasilopita: New Year's Bread[edit]

Main article: Vasilopita

The traditional New Year's Cake, Vasilopita (Βασιλόπιτα) is sometimes a tsoureki.

Armenian traditions[edit]

In Armenian tradition, a big batch of choreg is baked for Easter, with one of the choregs containing a coin for good luck to whomever gets it.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Толковìй словарь живаго великорусскаго язîка, Dal' V.I., IAS, 1869

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Shreveport Times

Shreveport Times
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:52:28 -0700

Eggs that are dyed red traditionally adorn the tsoureki. But the bread can be ordered with or without the egg. "The egg represents the steel tomb containing Christ," Mijalis explained. "The red dye signifies the color of the blood that he sacrificed ...

Times Record News

Times Record News
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:37:30 -0700

Times Record News file Examples of Greek baked goods include kourambiethes, or wedding cookies (left), baklava (right) and tsoureki, a Greek Easter bread. The Greek Bake Sale presented by Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 3804 Seymour Road, will ...

Burlington County Times

Burlington County Times
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 03:36:16 -0700

On the menu was tirokafteri, a spicy pepper feta spread served with pita; a sweet Easter bread known as tsoureki; and various meat pies. Kuzina by Sofia does not have a kosher kitchen, Karakasidou says, but its special menu for Passover week has ...


Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:22:30 -0700

I started making tsoureki — a braided wreath from Greece — because it was a great way to showcase my children's dyed eggs. It became part of our family tradition and is a fun centerpiece for the table even if you don't have kids to do the messy egg ...
Toledo Blade
Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:56:15 -0700

... Daughters of Penelope at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 740 N. Superior St. Choose from an array of homemade goodies: baklava, paximathia (Greek biscotti), kourambiethes (sugared butter cookies), tsoureki (braided sweet bread), and much more.
The Register-Guard
Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:24:30 -0700

1, is holding a Tsoureki sale from Sunday, March 15, through April 3. To order this handmade, traditional braided Greek Easter bread at $8 a loaf, contact stgeorgeor.org or email philiastgeorge@yahoo.com . The Eugene Opera's production of “Sweeney Todd ...
The Register-Guard
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:48:27 -0800

1, is holding a Tsoureki sale from Sunday, March 8, through April 3. To order this handmade, traditional braided Greek Easter bread at $8 a loaf, contact stgeorgeor.org , or email philiastgeorge@yahoo.com. Green Eyed Girl Productions is hosting a ...

Humboldt Journal

Humboldt Journal
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:22:30 -0800

While we're on the topic of breads (I feel like this could become a common theme pretty fast), let's move south to Greece, home of ancient mythology, gods and goddesses, the birth of democracy, philosophy … and Tsoureki. Tsoureki is a delectably ...

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