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Time for Terkenlis tsoureki

What’s the best tsoureki in Greece, money can buy? In my opinion, it’s Terkenlis. Period.

I know, I know. You, your mom and yia yia make a mean Easter bread (τσουρέκι or tsoureki); but to be fair, I did say ‘money can buy,’ and not all of us have a family recipe or a Greek mother at our disposal. Some of us aren’t even Greek.

Terkenlis makes 10 kinds of tsourekia, including chocolate, orange and the traditional one with or without red dyed eggs. I tried the chocolate glazed with chocolate filling and found that too rich, plus it’s so sweet it makes my teeth hurt.

My favorite is the one pictured: Kastano. The bread is moist with chestnut filling divinely swirled throughout, and the crust has a slight crunch after biting through the white chocolate glaze, which adds just the right amount of sweetness. Pascha perfection.

The only drawback is there’s almost always a huge line, even when it’s not tsoureki high season at Easter and Christmas, because unlike northern Greece there are only three five Athens locations, including one at the airport so friends, relatives and visitors can buy and fly. Smart.

A friend in Stockholm saw it for the first time in C’s mobile phone photo and thought it was “a giant ball of cotton tied in barbed wire, wrapped in a gift box.” Frightening. It’s always interesting to hear someone describe items so familiar to us with fresh eyes. After my friend C and I explained tsoureki and Terkenli, he wants one. But how to get it to him without devouring it on the plane? A dilemma, indeed.

Locations in Athens

Papanikoli 100-102

Vas. Georgiou 2

Golden Hall

Mall of Athens

Athens International Airport – Chocoland
Arrivals Level, near Exit ‘5’

53rd km. of the Athens-Lamia National Hwy

As of 2012, Terkenlis uses the same name day module I’ve used since 2007 and lists all locations on a dedicated Stores page. As of 2014, it lowered prices and also offers an online store.

*Article last updated April 14, 2014

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  Elena wrote @ April 19th, 2011 at 12:30

Yummieee…I’m gonna be in Athens on May 7th..any chance to find it around even if Easter has already passed? Maybe at the airport? I wanna taste it!

Note from Kat: Tsoureki what they’re known for, so it’s available year round.

  Maria wrote @ April 19th, 2011 at 14:08

Hey Kat!

On the company’s website they say they do have a location in Syntagma:

Βασιλέως Γεωργίου 2
Πλατεία Συντάγματος, Αθήνα
Τηλ. 210 3310576 Fax 210 3310577

I hope this helps! I can’t wait to try it! Kali Anastasi :)

Kat Reply:

When I looked in early March, this was not the case and I cannot update all 300+ articles every day. It does help, and thanks for letting me know.

  Jessica wrote @ April 19th, 2011 at 17:32

Terkenlis has indeed opened a shop and cafe in Syntagma square – it is just to the right when you exit the metro (. When I’ve visited so far they did not have very many tsoureki loaves on hand but I’m sure they’ll be more prepared for Easter.

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