Tsoureki style braided bread

Tsoureki style braided bread

Serves : 8
Prep time : 25 min
Cook time : 30-35 min


  • 550 g all purpose flour
  • 80 g cane sugar (+ 1 tsp.)
  • 250 g whole milk
  • 25 g fresh yeast
  • 1 egg + 1 yolk
  • 80 g melted butter
  • Orange zest (optional)
  • Vanilla paste (optional)
  • 1 egg for brushing



  1. Heat 150 g milk until it gets lukewarm then add the 1 tsp. sugar and fresh yeast to it. Put aside for 10-15 min.
  2. In a bowl mix the flour and sugar together then add the yeast mixture to it and start to mix it.
  3. Pour the remaining 100 g milk into to the mixture then add the eggs. Last add the melted butter and the orange zest, vanilla. 
  4. Mix it until it gets divided from the bowl. If you would find the dough to sticky you can always add one or two spoons of flour.
  5. Cover the dough with a plastic wrap or clean kitchen towel and let it proof for 45 minutes or until it grows double.
  6. Mix all the ingredients for the filling, except the olive oil and fleur de sel.
  7. After proofing roll out the dough on a floured surface – approximately the same size as your baking pan (38x33cm). Then brush a generous amount of LA BELLE EXCUSE olive oil, put the filling on it and spread it equally with a spatula. Sprinkle LA BELLE EXCUSE fleur de sel to taste.
  8. Roll the dough up from the longer side and cut it through the middle with a sharp knife.
  9. Brade them together, cover again and let it rest for an additional 20 min meanwhile preheat the oven for 175 celsius.
  10. Brush the bread with the whole egg and bake it for 30-35 min.