Greek Christopsomo (Christmas bread)

Posted On November 14, 2006

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Ingredients > (for two large loaves)
2 kg flour
130 gr yeast
1 cup tepid water
700 gr sugar
2 wine glasses of olive oil
2 cups warm red wine
pinch of salt
2 tsp mastic, crushed
400 gr walnuts, roughly chopped
500 gr raisins
2 tsp cinnamon and ground cloves
Peel of two oranges, finely chopped
1 small glass of orange juice
1 small glass of cognac For the decoration
olive oil sesame seeds chopped walnuts

Method >
Prepare yeast mixture the previous night, mixing 350 gr of flour with the yeast and some water. In the morning, add 25 gr of sugar, half of the olive oil and some flour.
Knead dough well and leave it to rise in a warm place.
Then add remaining ingredients and knead dough very well so it is smooth and not sticky.
Cover dough and leave it to rise in a warm place for about 90 minutes.
Separate into two loaves and place on two large, oiled baking pans.
Let the loaves rise then brush them with oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds and walnuts. Bake in the oven at 200C for 15 minutes then at 150C for 35 to 40 minutes.

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