Recipe for Greek Bread Rings With Sesame Seeds

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Different recipes for koulouri, or bread rounds, can be found throughout Greece. Some are sweet and served mainly on special occasions. Others are eaten on a daily basis and are even sold on the streets. This recipe originates on the Greek island of Thessaloniki.

Greek Bread Rings With Sesame Seeds (Koulouri Thssalonikis) Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (108-112 degrees Fahrenheit for the yeast)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour plus more, if needed
  • 1 egg, scrambled with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup sesame seeds

Instructions to Prepare Greek Bread Rings With Sesame Seeds:

Pour the water into a large mixing bowl and stir the sugar in until it dissolves. Whisk in the yeast. let stand until the yeast begins to bubble.

Whisk in the olive oil, salt, and 1 cup of the flour. Stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in the rest of the flour, plus more if needed to achieve proper bread texture (not wet so the dough sticks but not too dry, either).

Dust a clean work surface with flour and knead the dough for 5-10 minutes, or until an elastic texture is achieved. Dough should have a nice snap to it when pinched.

Brush a clean, large mixing bowl with oil. Add the dough to the center and cover the dough with plastic wrap or a clean towel. Let rise until doubled – this should take about an hour, maybe longer or shorter depending on the climate or the temperature of your kitchen (dough may rise faster on a hot day.)

After the dough rises, punch it down. Knead for 2 minutes or so to release the air bubbles. Form the bread into rings and place about 1-inch apart on a greased baking sheet. Let rise until doubled.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush each ring with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Place the baking sheet in the center of the oven and bake the koulouri until golden. This should take 20-30 minutes depending on your oven.

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