Mamma Mia! is one of the most successful and long-lived musicals transposed into a box office hit that made more than 600 million dollars in movie theaters. In these Easter days it inspired a Greek recipe that will make you feel in heaven!

In the movie Abba music made its usual magic together with a stellar cast led by a romantic and always singing Meryl Streep and a dreamy location setting.  Watching it, we can already start imagining our summer vacation in a Greek island where the sky and the sea have the same color, nature is surrounding us and our only dilemma is to get up from the deckchair and “procure” ourselves something to eat. 

While we keep on dreaming, and perhaps take a look at the flight offers for Greece, let’s watch again this explosion of music, colors and fun! 

Sophie is a young bride to be that lives on a very small island in the middle of the Greek sea and manages with his mother Donna a quite over worn hotel.  The only thing missing in her almost perfect existence is knowing the identity of her father. 

Brosnan in Mamma Mia

Pierce Brosnan stretch his sining voice in Mamma Mia!

After stealing her mother’s diary she discovers that in the period of her conception that has been some “traffic” and the possible candidates to the role of parent are three: Sam, Harry e Bill. Without thinking about it a moment the girl invites them all to visit the island for her wedding hoping to finally hug her dad.

The three men run to Greece since their lovely memory of Donna is still warming them and as soon as they learn about Sophie they are all happy about their new parenting experience…so why choose only one dad when you can have three?

Nothing is out of tune in this captivating movie (well, actually, sometimes Pierce Brosnan is… 🙂 and, my advice is to watch it again combined with a typical and colorful Greek recipe? 

Title: Tsoureki Bread for Mamma Mia!

Director: Elena Maria Manzini

Cast of ingredients 🙂

2 cups of all purpose flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, 2 1/2 oz. of butter, 1 oz of. yeast, 1/2 cup of milk, 3 eggs+3 boiled eggs,  food coloring.


Three eggs are boiled in colored water so their shell take on the preferred color. In Greece usually eggs used to prepare tsoureki are red to remember the passion of Christ.


Impasto tsoureki Mamma Mia

Tsoureki dough left to rise

In a small bowl melt the yeast into warm water, then add milk together with a spoon of sugar and 1 cup of flour. Let rise for two hours covered with a cloth while watching Mamma Mia!

In a bigger bowl knead the risen dough with the eggs whisked with sugar, melt butter and the remaining flour. If the new dough is too liquid add more flour.

Let rise for other two hours watching another Meryl Streep movie (I adore The Devil’s Wears Prada) and now you are ready to finish the work: divide the dough in two parts and form a braid to give a round or rectangular shape.   The boiled eggs have to be inserted in the middle. Let rise for another hour…

INT. OVEN — 360 F FOR 30 MIN.

And you are ready to serve both with sweet and savory filling.

Pane tsoureki Mamma Mia

A Food and the Movies recipe inspired to Mamma Mia!

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