Holy Bread with Grapes

By thirteenJ
October 7, 2012
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Author Notes: I've been baking my Lebanese Grandma's Easter (yeast) Bread for years. I love taking a small disc shaped loaf to work for lunch with grapes (something delicate about the flavor combo). Soooo... I thought I'd get creatively lazy and use my other Grandma's Zucchini Bread recipe to incorporate all the flavors in one recipe.
This is a Quick Bread!! so it's fast and easy!
Ground Mahleb,Mastic(gum), Rose and Orange Blossom Waters are available at your local Middle Eastern Market.

Makes: 1 loaf

Dry ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed (optonal)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground mahleb
  • 1/8 teaspoon mastic pebbles, grind with a pinch of sugar in mortar/pestle

wet ingredients and Grapes

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil (vegetable or other suitable for baking)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 ounces Rose water
  • 1 1/2 ounces Orange Blossom water
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes....halved
  1. Combine and whisk together all dry ingredients
  2. Except for the Grapes! Combine all other wet ingredients...stir just enough to mix
  3. Mix dry and wet ingredients by hand just enough to combine. (It will be a stiff batter!)
  4. Spread batter into greased, buttered, sprayed 8 x 10 pan. Bake in a preheated 350f oven for 40 minutes .
  5. Let this bread cool and serve at room temperature

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