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Gamokouloura

Γαμοκούλουρα

Wedding (or 'embroidered' bread), its ring shape reminiscent of the wedding garlands placed over the heads of the bride and groom at Orthodox weddings. In Crete, where Gamokouloura are especially popular, they are usually made by the mother of the bride, and handed out to guests

The decorations (ξόμπλια, ksomplia) are usually flowers, leaves, birds, or even lizards and maps of Crete; souvenir versions are sold in the markets at Heraklion and Chania, shiny and lacquered with egg whites and inedible, but they last practically forever.

It's also known as a Ξομπλιαστό Κουλούρι (xobliasto koulouri); On Cyprus it's usually called Πλουμιστό Ψωμί (ploumisto psomi).

Breads

Crete

Cyprus

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by kritispera