Greek Country Bread
4 cups plain flour
1 tbs (2 x 12gram sachets) dried yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tsp milk
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs honey
1 cup warm water
- Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Form a well in the center of the dried mixed ingredients and add wet ingredients.
- Using a wooden spoon, blend the mixture well then use your hands and bring it together to form the dough.
- Place the dough onto flour dusted surface and kneed until the dough is smooth and pliable – anywhere from 10-15 mins.
- Grease a bowl with brushed in olive oil and place the dough inside and cover with a damp tea towel. Now place in a warm dark place for 45-60 mins or until the dough has risen (about twice its original size).
- Take the risen dough and place onto flour-dusted surface and knead for a few minutes until the dough has returned to its original size.
- Shape the dough into a oval ball and put it on a baking tray which has been brushed with olive oil to prevent the bread from sticking, then slash the top of the bread with a sharp knife.
- Place a damp towel over the baking tray with the dough in it and let it rise for another half an hour in a dark warm place.
- Once it has risen you can sprinkle some milk or olive oil on the top of the dough to prevent burning then place the bread tray in a preheated oven of 200 degrees Celsius until cooked – usually an hour but you can check with a cake tester which needs to come out clean when put through the middle of the bread.
Please note: this bread is denser than most bread and doesn’t last as long as the commercial breads made with preservatives.
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(C) T. Altman 2016
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