Christopsomo is a Greek Christmas tradition and translates as 'Bread of Christ.'
Today we're making this lovely bread using a sourdough base.
Let's head to the kitchen to get this great bread underway.
Step 1: Ingredients
You will need:
- 500 grams of flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 90 grams of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of ground aniseed (roughly two whole star-pods)
- 200 grams of Sourdough Mother Culture
- 4 eggs
- 120 grams of butter
Step 2: Star Anise (aniseed)
Use a mortar and pestle to grind into a powder the star anise pods.
Step 3: Combining the Ingredients
Dump the flour into a stand mixer bowl then add the salt, sugar and ground star anise. Stir these together, then make a well in the center of the bowl (I used my fist). Pour the sourdough starter into the well then mix with the dough hook attachment in your machine.
Step 4: Mixing in the Eggs
Lightly whip the two eggs with a fork then pour these into the flour mixture and continue mixing until it forms a dough.
Step 5: Ferment the Dough
Cover your dough with a damp cotton cloth or tea-towel and leave overnight for the sourdough to work through the mixture.
Step 6: Preparing the Embellishments
Take a portion of the dough and separate into two. Roll each individual ball into a short snake then flatten and place on top of the main ball of dough.
Quick factoid: Sometimes a Christopsomo bread has an 'X' formed on top. The letter 'X' is the first letter in the Greek word for Christ.
Step 7: Finish and Cooking
Using cooking scissors, cut a small slit down the middle of the length of dough, then curl these around as shown in the photo.
Cook the bread for 45-60 minutes at 200 C (395 F) keeping an eye on it.
I hope you enjoy this bread!