Tsoureki, a rich sweet bread, is known as the traditional Easter bread in Greece. Similar to brioche, this bread brings a unique aroma of orange rind, mastiha (resin obtained from the mastic tree) and mahlab (derived from cherry spices). Traditionally, Tsoureki is the customary way of the breaking the Lenten fast at midnight on Easter Sunday. The bread is made of three braids, symbolic of the Holy Trinity. Similarly, a red egg is placed on top of the bread, symbolizing rebirth, renewal, and the blood of Christ. This light and fluffy sweet bread is comprised of yeast, flour, milk, butter, and eggs.
In Greece, Tsoureki is eaten at Easter, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. Today, Tsoureki has become an all-year-round pastry served at breakfast, as a midday snack or with a cup of coffee. At Nerai, we incorporate this delicious bread into two of our dishes - Tsoureki French Toast for breakfast and Tsoureki Bread Pudding for dessert.
Our Tsoureki Bread Pudding is the perfect dessert for the fall months. Comprised with seasonal flavors of butterscotch, maple, and chestnut, this dessert is sure to warm your palate on a crisp fall night. Our light and airy bread pudding is plated on a dish dusted with chocolate, served with chestnut gelato, a praline cream, and garnished with confit chestnuts. Join us this holiday season and delight in this sweet and fall-inspired dessert.