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Ingredients

2 and ½ tsp instant yeast

½ cup sugar

1 tbsp mahlab

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp salt

3 tbsp orange zest

1 and ¼ cup lukewarm milk

1/3 cup butter (100g)

4 and ¾ cups all purpose flour

Egg wash:

1 egg

1 tbsp milk

Sweet glaze:

¼ cup warm water

1 tsp sugar

Topping:

Chopped almonds

Instructions

Heat milk and butter in a pot until butter melts. Wait until it reaches room temperature. Mix yeast, sugar, mahlab and beaten eggs in a large bowl. Add in salt, orange zest and butter-milk mixture. Mix well. Beat in flour, one cup each time until a soft dough forms. Knead a few minutes until it doesn’t stick to your fingers. Dust the counter with a little flour if needed. Transfer the dough into a slightly buttered large bowl and cover with plastic wrap or damp kitchen towel. Let it rise for 1 hour. Line two oven pans with parchment paper. You will place 3 loaves on each. Divide the dough in half and then divide each half into 3 equal balls. Divide each ball into three and shape each ball into about 25-30cm long ropes. Pinch the ends of the ropes, transfer them on a baking sheet and braid them together. Repeat the until you finish all the balls.Cover the dough loaves with parchment paper and a large tea towel. Let it rise for 30 minutes. Meanwhile heat oven to 190C. Whisk one egg with 1 tbsp milk and brush each loaf with it right before baking. Top with nuts.

Bake for 17 minutes or until golden.

Leave to cool completely.

Mix sugar and warm water and with sweet water. Top with almonds without waiting.

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Turkish Easter Bread