About this recipe:These plaited biscuits are a must on any Greek Easter table. They're made throughout the year, however, and are perfect for dunking in coffee or tea. This makes a large batch, perfect for freezing or giving as gifts.
450g unsalted butter
200g caster sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
700g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons baking powder
4 tablespoons sesame seeds
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Method Prep:1hr › Cook:20min › Ready in:1hr20min
In large mixing bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat for 10 minutes on medium speed. Add four of the eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. Add to the butter mixture and stir to form soft, cohesive dough. Add flour if dough is too soft to handle easily.
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease baking trays or line with parchment.
Lightly flour a work surface. Break off 2.5cm lumps of dough and roll on floured surface into ropes about 18cm long and 5mm in diameter. Cross the ends and twirl dough in a loop in the opposite direction, forming a plait. Place on baking trays about 2.5cm apart.
Beat remaining egg. Brush onto plaits for glaze and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on baking trays for 10 minutes, then remove to racks to cool completely.