Turkish Easter Bread

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Cotton soft easter bread with mahlab and orange zest.




  1. Heat milk and butter in a pot until butter melts. Wait it until it reaches room temperature.
  2. Mix yeast, sugar, mahlab and beaten eggs in a large bowl.
  3. Add in salt, orange zest and butter-milk mixture. Mix well.
  4. Beat in flour, one cup each time until a soft dough forms.
  5. Knead a few minutes until it doesn’t stick to your fingers. Dust the counter with little flour if needed.
  6. Transfer the dough into a slightly buttered large bowl and cover with plastic wrap or wet kitchen towel. Let it rise for 1 hour.
  7. Line two oven pans with parchment paper. You will place 3 loaves on each.
  8. Divide the dough in half and then divide eash half into 3 equal balls.
  9. Divide each ball into three and shape each ball into about 25-30cm long rope.
  10. Pinch the ends of the ropes, transfer them on a baking sheet and braid them together.
  11. Repeat the same until you finish all the balls.
  12. Cover the dough loaves with parchment paper and a large table cloth over it to prevent air in it.
  13. Let it rise for 30 minutes.
  14. Meanwhile heat oven to 190C.
  15. Whish one egg with 1 tbsp milk and brush each loaf with it right before baking.
  16. Top three of them with chopped nuts and leave them the rest plain for a later glaze.
  17. Bake for 17 minutes or until golden.
  18. Leave to cool completely.
  19. Mix sugar and warm water and brush the other three with this sweet water.
  20. Top with sprinkles without waiting.