Symbols for warding off the evil influences and christian symbols play an important part in the Greek festive breads. In parts of Greece, the early Christian tradition of number 8, symbol of Jesus resurrection,* survived in the Easter breads. However, today, its meaning has been almost forgotten.
8- shaped bread
2 k. flour
200 gr yeast
240 gr lightly warm water
1 tb honey
2 tsp salt
2tsp coriander seeds, toasted and ground
1 tsp mahlep, toasted and ground
10 eggs lightly beaten
380 gr milk
250 gr butter + 250 gr extra virgin olive oil
4 hard boiled egg, dyed red
Dissolve yeast in the water and add about 1/2 cup flour. Mix thoroughly, cover with a cloth and set in a warm place to rise for 2 hours.
Add the ingredients in the order they are listed. On a floured surface knead the dough for 2-3 minutes and let rest for 2 hours. Knead again for 2-3 minutes until elastic and smooth.
Form 4 ropes and twist in the shape of 8. Place the breads on greased baking sheets and allow to double in size. Brush with beaten egg. Place the dyed eggs. Bake breads in preheated oven (175 C) for about 40 minutes or until golden brown.
*Jesus war raised on the day after the Sabbath, which is the 8th day.
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