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Easter Cake

Easter Holy Bread cake

I needed to make a recipe using Mahlab and mastic pebbles. Like many keen bakers, chefs and home cooks I have never created a dish that calls for these unusual products

I hunted for ideas and Lebanese Easter buns came up lots of times so decided to make my interpretation of this famous bread

Mine does not contain yeast so it is more like a cake than the more traditional bread

·        3 cups Bread Flour

·        2/3 cup sugar

·        ½ teaspoon salt

·        1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

·        ½ teaspoon nutmeg

·        ¼ teaspoon baking powder

·        2 teaspoons ground mahlab

·        1/8th teaspoon mastic pebbles(must be ground with a pestle and mortar)

·        3 medium eggs

·        ½ cup sunflower or vegetable oil

·        ½ cup plain yoghurt


Zest of one large orange or 1 ½ oz STEENBERGS ORGANIC ORANGE BLOSSOM WATER

Combine the above ingredients till it resembles a thick cake batter without lumps

Spoon into a lined 2lb loaf tin and cook for 40 minutes at 180’c

Cool, slice and eat when cold


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