Tsoureki is a sweet, egg-enriched bread that originated in the countries comprising the former Ottoman Empire. The bread is formed of braided strands of dough, and is often topped with sesame seeds. Tsoureki is comparable to the Jewish bread challah, with the most notable difference being its slightly sweeter flavor.
Tsoureki is a staple of Greek cuisine, and can be enjoyed either plain or with a variety of spreads, such as butter or jams. It is also associated with religious holidays. Over Easter, the braided bread is sprinkled with slivered almonds and presented with eggs in the middle, dyed red.
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