Celebrating Easter & Greek Easter Bread

by Tina on April 8, 2014

in Celebrations

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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!

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Traveling Mama Greek Easter Bread

Photography: Tina Fussell, Styling: Tina Fussell and Susan Stephanos

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The slow pace April 8, 2014 at 1:27 pm

It looks delicious but what I love the most about today’s post is that table! So beautiful!
xx,
E.
http://www.theslowpace.com

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Tina April 8, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Thank you! It was so much fun having my mom here to create with me!

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Ana April 8, 2014 at 2:01 pm

It’s funny how traditions work in different countries. I didn’t know that this was your Easter Bread. I usually make a very similar recipe on weekends for our breakfast – braiding is also part of it! From now on I’ll remeber this when I bake it. :)
Here in Portugal, we also have a special bread in Easter – we call it Folar – and also has boiled eggs inside. It has a round shape with the eggs in the middle as if it was a chicken’s nest. Other variations include bacon, leftovers of meat, Parma ham, ham and, ou course, cutting down on the sugar.
Have a nice Easter Tina!!

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Tina April 10, 2014 at 10:39 am

That is so cool and sounds delicious!

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Gianna April 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm

I always enjoy reading your posts and today as a proud Greek i felt the need to leave a comment. The smell of the “tsoureki” as we call it here in Greece on Holy Thursday means that Easter is close and so is the end of the fast ! My best wishes to your wonderful family! Kalo Pasxa!

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Tina April 10, 2014 at 10:44 am

Aww! yay! I love how small the world is and that we get to connect like this!

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Jocelyn Casey April 8, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Wow, Tina! This is stunning and how you created such an intimate and fresh table setting makes me look at decorating a table in a whole new way! Really beautiful! Jocelyn

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Tina April 10, 2014 at 10:44 am

Thank you, Jocelyn! I am so glad I could inspire you!

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anastasiac April 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

beautiful! Greek Easter traditions are my favourite – we go all out making cheese flaounes (Cypriot Easter bread) dye eggs and make a huge lamb roast for Easter Sunday…love it!

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Tasha April 9, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Love the table settting, so vibrant yet natural. Thanks for the inspiration for my Easter Picnic.

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Tasha April 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Love the table setting, so vibrant yet natural. Thanks for the inspiration for my Easter Picnic.

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Tina April 10, 2014 at 10:58 am

I’m so glad, Tasha! Thank you!

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Tina April 10, 2014 at 10:57 am

mmm! I’ll be riiight over! :-)

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ania @ the new diplomat's wife April 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm

love the table scape – wish i was there to try!

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Tina April 14, 2014 at 10:58 am

me too!

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