Christmas Sweet Loaf - Christopsomo

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In Greek: ???st???µ?, say: hree-STOHP-soh-moh. Recipe for Greek Christmas Bread (continued below)

In earlier times, Greek cooks baked large quantities of bread to last a week or more, so baking just one or two loaves for special occasions, like this Christmas Bread, had special significance. The cook would start by crossing him/herself before starting preparations, and only the purest and most expensive ingredients would be used.

Today, making Christopsomo (which translates as "Christ's Bread") is still considered by many to be a sacred task, and great care is taken in its preparation.

Raisins, nuts, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg are just a few of the taste treats found in this traditional sweet loaf.

The loaves can be decorated (photo) or not, but walnuts in the shell or a sprinkling of nuts are usually used on top.

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