Introduction: Christopsomo Bread

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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

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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)

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Use a mortar and pestle to grind into a powder the star anise pods.

Step 3: Combining the Ingredients

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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