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In Greece, the Christmas fast is broken on Christmas Eve with Christopsomo, or the "bread of Christ." This round loaf draws its distinctive licorice-like flavor from mastic gum, the dried resin of a Mediterranean tree. After the dough rises, it is coiled into a snail shape; then the dough, sprinkled with sesame seeds, puffs into a dome when baked. Martha Stewart Living senior food editor Christine Albano based this recipe on her grandmother's. Some families decorate the bread with strips of d...

Christopsomo, Recipe from Martha Stewart Living, December 2009

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In Greece, the Christmas fast is broken on Christmas Eve with Christopsomo, or the "bread of Christ." This round loaf draws its distinctive licorice-like flavor from mastic gum, the dried resin of a Mediterranean tree. After the dough rises, it is coiled into a snail shape; then the dough, sprinkled with sesame seeds, puffs into a dome when baked. Martha Stewart Living senior food editor Christine Albano based this recipe on her grandmother's. Some families decorate the bread with strips of d...