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Celebrate Greek Easter with two recipes Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in Culture, Pronunciation, Vocabulary

Γεια σας! Σήμερα είναι Μεγάλη Πέμπτη (Holy Thursday) και την Κυριακή είναι το Πάσχα (Easter). In Greece, today we make τσουρέκι (Easter bread), κουλουράκια (cookies) and κόκκινα αυγά (we dye boiled eggs red). I would like to share two videos with you, in case you want to make your own τσουρέκι and κουλουράκια.

Φωτογραφία από Katharina N. από το Pixabay

Λέξεις και φράσεις (Words and phrases)

αφράτος-η-ο: plushy

θερμοκρασία δωματίου (η): room temperature

αλεύρι σκληρό (το): hard flour

μαγιά ξηρή (η): dry yeast

μαστίχα (η): mastic

μαχλέπι (το): mahlab

κάρδαμο (το): cardamon

ξύσμα πορτοκαλιού (το): orange zest

μεσαία αυγά (τα): medium eggs

εκχύλισμα βανίλιας (το): vanilla extract

λιωμένο βούτυρο (το): melted butter

μέλι (το): honey

ασπράδι (το): egg white

άλειμμα (το): spreading

αμύγδαλο φιλέ (το): almond fillet

πασπάλισμα (το): sprinkling


– You can find mastic and mahlab at any oriental grocery store.

– Do not use too much mastic because the τσουρέκι will be bitter.

Λέξεις και φράσεις (Words and phrases)

αλεύρι για όλες τις χρήσεις (το): all-purpose flour

βούτυρο αγελάδας (το): cow butter

ζάχαρη άχνη (η): baking sugar

χυμός πορτοκάλι (ο): orange juice

επάλειψη (η): spreading

ζύμη (η): dough

ζυγίζω: to weigh

πλάθω: to mold

σχήμα: shape

πλεξούδα (η): braid

ταψί (το): cookie sheet

– The dough must not be too hot.

– Make small balls with the dough. The balls must weigh 30 grams. Mold them in a shoe lace shape: each cookie must be 1.5 cm large and 22 cm long. Make cookie braids or rolls.

You can convert the grams here:

Καλό Πάσχα! Happy Easter!

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About the Author: Ourania

Ourania lives in Athens. She holds a degree in French Literature and a Master’s degree in Special Education for Children. Since 2008, she has been teaching Greek to foreigners.