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This is the traditional bread baked for the Christmas holiday in various parts of Greece.

What You Need:            (To Make: 2 large braids)
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  • 3 packages (3 tablespoons) active dry yeast
  • cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 7 to 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1% teaspoons salt
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cups milk, scalded and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon ground masticha flavoring (see note) or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 sticks ( pound) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup slivered blanched almonds
  • cup white raisins
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

  • How To Cook:
    1. Combine yeast, warm water, 1 teaspoon sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, and teaspoon salt in a bowl. Let stand in a warm place until mixture bubbles and foams, about 10 minutes.

    2. In a large bowl, beat together 4 eggs, 1 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, cooled milk, and yeast mixture. Add 3 cups of flour and masticha or vanilla extract. Add melted butter, almonds, raisins, and lemon peel.

    3. Continue to add flour and knead well about 5 minutes, or until dough is quite stiff but elastic. Place in greased bowl.

    4. Cover first with plastic wrap and then with a damp towel. Let dough rise in a warm place until double in bulk. Punch down and turn over in bowl.

    5. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes more. Shape dough into 6 ropes and braid 3 at a time. Place braids on a lightly greased cookie sheet and let rise for 40 minutes.

    6. Preheat oven to 350.

    7. Beat remaining egg and brush each braid with it. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

        1 cup mixed candied fruit can be added with the almonds.
        Masticha is a flavoring made from the sap of the mastichodendro bush, which grows only on the island of Chios.

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