Easter is just around the corner and in my family that means it is time to start thinking about Greek Easter Bread. While my mom was visiting, we hosted a Craftenhagen event where she showed us how to bake the most deliciously sweet Easter Bread.
I make this Bread every year with my own family and each time we chat about how the three strands of dough braided together symbolize the Holy Trinity. In the past, red eggs were baked into the bread as well to further the symbolism but we have leaned away from putting the eggs into the bread in recent years because of the red dye. I think it is so nice to talk to kids about traditions like these because it helps them feel connected to their past and their personal heritage. Even if you are not Greek, this bread is great recipe to try with kids and if you manage to have any leftovers, it is divine when used for French Toast!
At the Craftenhagen event, we had the nicest evening, baking and chatting, and best of all, snacking on warm bread smothered in butter. This is such a special tradition in our family and it was so nice to be able to share it with our friends locally, but I thought some of you might enjoy seeing the tablescape that my mom and I worked on together and a few shots before our guests arrived. I have included my recipe below as well in case some of you would like to try your own Greek Easter Bread. It is so delicious that I definitely recommend giving it a try. We like to slice it, toast it, and butter it. Opa!
Photography: Tina Fussell, Styling: Tina Fussell and Susan Stephanos