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Traditional Greek Recipes: Village Bread (Horiatiko Psomi)

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A super easy Greek village bread recipe (Horiatiko Psomi) that will amaze you!

Ingredients

  • 1 kg bread flour (35oz.)
  • 630ml lukewarm water (21 oz.)
  • 25g fresh yeast (0.8 oz.)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp salt
  • thin semolina

Method

  1. To prepare this easy Greek bread recipe, start by adding in a large bowl the water, yeast and sugar. Use a fork to completely dissolve the yeast in the water. Set aside for about  5 -10 minutes to activate the yeast. Note: if you don’t have fresh yeast substitute for dried – just use one third of the quantity stated.
  2. Add half the flour a little bit at time whilst mixing with a spoon. Add the olive oil and salt and the rest of the flour and mix with a spoon until all the flour has been absorbed. At this point the dough should be sticky on your hand.
  3. Knead the dough a little bit with your hands until it’s elastic and form into a ball. Place the dough inside a lightly oiled large bowl and cover with cling film.
  4. Let the dough rise at room temperature for 10-12 hours (or overnight).
  5. Deflate the dough. Sprinkle semolina on a large working surface and transfer the dough on the surface. Using a sharp knife divide the dough in 2 equal pieces. (This Greek Bread recipe makes 2 loafs of bread).
  6. Knead each piece of the dough with your hands just enough to have a nice and smooth dough that doesn’t stick too much on your hands (for about 3 minutes). Sprinkle the dough with semolina (2-3 tbsps) when kneading the dough.
  7. Form 2 round loafs and place inside a casserole dish or clay pot with a lid. Score the top of each loaf using a sharp knife. Place the lid on the casserole dish.
  8. Preheat the oven at 200-210C/ 400F. Bake for 45 minutes with the lid on and another 20 minutes without the lid, until nicely coloured and crusty.

Kali Orexi

Source: My Greek Dish

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