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What you need:

  • 9 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 60g. of fresh yeast or 1 sachet of dried yeast
  • ½ cup of tepid milk
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 6 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 ½ cup of butter from milk
  • 1 tbsp of pounded mahlab
  • 1 tsp of powdered mastic
  • 1 egg yolk beaten
  • Some blanched almonds for sprinkling the top


  1. Sift the flour
  2. Dissolve the yeast in 2 tbsp of tepid milk and 2 tbsp of sugar.
  3. Add a cup of flour
  4. Cover the mixture and let it rise for 2 hours.
  5. Beat the sugar and the eggs over a bain marie (double boiler).
  6. Heat the butter slightly (until lukewarm)
  7. Place the mixture of eggs, yeast, half the quantity of butter, mahlab and mastic in a bowl.
  8. Add gradually the rest of the flour while stirring and buttering your hands until all the butter is blended in the mixture.
  9. Cover and leave it to rise for 6 hours in a warm place.
  10. Re-knead the mixture, place it in a greased round baking pan, dress it with almonds, spread the beaten egg yolk on top and bake in a preheated oven at 170˚C for approx. 40 min.