Greek Easter Bread

While a lot of people visit their local Greek market to pick up their Easter Bread, others opt to make it from scratch! Here's our recipe:


1 envelope active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/3 cup milk

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing bowl

1 teaspoon fine salt

2 large eggs, lightly beaten, plus 1 egg lightly beaten for egg wash

2 teaspoons ground fennel seed

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

3 hard-cooked eggs, dyed red

Vegetable oil, for rubbing


1) Pour 1/3 cup water that is hot to the touch (about 110 degrees F) into the bowl of a stand mixer. Gently whisk in the yeast, 1 tablespoon of the flour and 1 tablespoon of the sugar. Cover with a towel and set aside until bubbly, 5 to 10 minutes (depending on the temperature of the room).