April 28, 2008

Easter Baking....
So the past three days have been spent in the kitchen baking for Greek Easter....most greeks tend to fast before Easter and Im sure thats because we proceed to eat non-stop for the following month or so...what can I say - we love our food!!

normally my sister and I would go help my mum and then we'd split everything into 3 bundles so Id bring home a huge bowl of Easter treats but since she's overseas until June we decided to try the traditional recipes ourselves.
So we used google to find recipes, emailing each other with suggestions, calling my mother in law for her recipe ('a recipe?', she said ' i dont have quantities noted down') and aunts offered their advice ....we even rang my mum in Cyprus where she too was busy baking with her own mother....
I made the dough and my sister made the cheese filling and we based it on this recipe but used italian Romano cheese, Halloumi cheese and tasty cheddar ..they turned out really really good, and very tasty! Bravo to us!!

I also made some Tsoureki, braided sweet Easter bread....i got the recipe from here
two small loaves that took me close to 5hours to make!
well worth it my friends - the house smelt divine!!!
Apparently the braids symbolize the Resurrection of Life that comes with springtime... well its almost Winter here in Australia but warm aromatic bread straight from the oven is always good to eat - anytime of the year!!
Here's to a great start of the week!


  1. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm!!! I love having Greek friends, because Greek Easter is fantastic! My friend's mother in law always made tsoureki and always sent a piece for me at work when we worked together, you've brought back happy memories seeing that red egg there!

  2. Anonymous5:57 AM

    Wow! that looks delicious! Laurence x

  3. They look amazing, I wish I could have a little taste.

  4. So special sharing family traditions like that. It sounds like you had a lovely Easter.

  5. Anonymous7:39 PM

    The cheese pies look divine!
    Gorgeous looking bread too, you are sure great in the kitchen. Wish I could smell them :)

  6. Yum - it all looks so delicious!

  7. Thanks for the great links to some authentic recipes and Happy Easter!
    (I was in class on the 27th and a fellow student brought us all a selection of Greek cookies...they went fast!)

  8. Wow. They look fantastic. I hope you had a Happy Easter.

  9. I'm going to check out all those links. What a lovely eclectic mix of photos on your blog.

  10. Looks like you are a superb cook! I, on the other hand, can only dream of whipping up such tasty treats. Cheers!

  11. Anonymous12:39 PM

    Mmmm... Thanks for the pics. They remind me of hot cross buns. My favorites.

  12. Anonymous6:59 PM

    Oh, they look absolutely yummy Anastasia! Well done to you and your sister. Everything looks gorgeous.

  13. mmm... everything sounds so so delicious!! so impressed that you did all the traditional recipes!

  14. Anastasia, I was thrilled to see you tried my tsoureki recipe! I broke out in a huge, broad grin. Make it in Good Health!



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