Christopsomo

Christopsomo or Christ’s bread is a very special Greek bread for Christmas. It has its origins in ancient Greece and the bloodless sacrifices people used to offer to their Gods to ask for their favour.

Christopsomo is traditionally made on Christmas Eve, with a lot of care, the very best of the ingredients and a special yeast. It is decorated with a cross, nuts (usually walnuts and whole almonds) and other fertility and prosperity symbols made by dough. On Christmas Day, the father of the family cuts Christopsomo by hand and distributes it to all his family and to those who attend the Christmas table. A knife is never used to cut Christopsomo as it is considered to be harmful to the good spirit that Christopsomo symbolises. Along with kourampiedes, melomakarona and diples, Christopsomo is one of the most characteristic Greek festive food, full of flavour and full of history!  Below, you will find the simple and delicious recipe that we enjoyed on our Christmas event.

  

      

Ingredients

4 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp of sweet anise
a pinch of salt
1/2 cup oil
1 cup water
1 egg lightly beaten for spreading
Whole walnuts, whole almonds and sesame seeds

Method

In a large bowl, combine the flour with sugar, salt and anise. Make a hole in the centre and add the oil and water. Knead well and then shape either into a round loaf or small buns keeping a little dough for the decoration. Shape the remaining dough into two long ropes and place over the loaf in the shape of a cross. Put a whole walnut in the middle and whole almonds in the corners. Brush the dough with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds if you wish. Bake in a medium oven of 180-190 degrees Celsius, the small buns for 30 minutes and the big loaf for 50 minutes to one hour .