Christopsomo tis Kirias Zinis

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Starter dough


  1. Make the flavoring addition first.
  2. Combine the semolina flour, sugar, cinnamon, anise, coriander, and cloves in a bowl and add the finely grated zests of the oranges and tangerines.
  3. Squeeze some of the oranges and tangerines.
  4. Squeeze some of the oranges and tangerines to obtain 1¼ cups juice.
  5. Use half this juice to soak the currants and raisins for a minimum of 1 hour, preferably overnight.
  6. Put the remaining juice in a pan with the olive oil.
  7. Heat until almost boiling.
  8. Pour this into a bowl with the semolina and spice mixture and stir.
  9. Cover and leave overnight until needed.
  10. Next day, combine the dried yeast with the sugar and hot water in a cup.
  11. Put the flour in a bowl, making a well in the center.
  12. Pour in the yeast mixture.
  13. Squeeze ⅔ cup more orange and tangerine juice, warm it, and add.
  14. Work to a smooth dough, adding more water and warm juice if necessary.
  15. Put the dough into an oiled bowl, cover with a cloth, and leave to rise in a warm place until almost doubled in size - about an hour.
  16. Punch down the dough in a bowl.
  17. Combine the drained currants and raisins with the semolina and spice mixture and, working with your hands, combine with the dough.
  18. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, adding more flour if the dough is sticky.
  19. Divide the dough into three equal pieces.
  20. Oil 3 loaf pans, each 1½ quart capacity.
  21. Shape each piece to fit the length of the pan and fit them in, so the corners are well filled.
  22. Cover with a cloth and leave to rise in a warm place until almost double in size - another hour.
  23. Bake in an oven preheated to 350°F for 1 hour and 10 minutes or more; the loaves should be rich brown color and make a hollow sound when the unmolded bread is thumped on the bottom.
  24. Leave on a rack to cool.
  25. The bread will keep for at least 3 weeks.