Lagana Bread

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We all have a bit more time on our hands at the moment so it is a perfect time to have a go at some things we don’t normally have time for. I don’t mind admitting that I am rubbish at making bread 🙂 but this Greek Lentern bread is perfect as it is not meant to rise very much (which is great for me as my bread never does!) It’s very similar to focaccia and is a flat style loaf covered in sesame seeds. Traditionally eaten on Clean Monday this is a lovely, simple recipe (you can tell I am missing Greece!)


Ingredients
2 1/2x  cups of strong bread flour
1 x cup of warm water 
2 x tsp dried yeast
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 x  tsp salt
1 x  tsp sugar
Sesame seeds

Method
First off, in a large mixing bowl add the warm water, yeast and sugar and mix then leave to do its yeasty magic for about 5 minutes!
Now add the flour, olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture and combine first with a wooden spoon and then with your (clean!) hands. 
Roll into a ball of dough and place on a floured surface. Now the bit that probably lets me down! knead the dough thoroughly for about 7 minutes My hands get tired and I am impatient – so you might want to give this job to someone with strong arms!
You should now have a nice, smooth ball of dough. Wipe your big bowl with a little oil and place the dough back inside and cover with clingfilm and leave for 2 hours to prove – you can now go off and do some indoor exercise!
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
Place your now proved dough on to a floured surface and knead again for a few minutes and then shape to a long as near rectangle as you can get.
Now transfer to a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, cover with a tea towel and leave for another 30 minutes. (The prep is worth it and you will feel immensely proud at having made your very own bread – the staff of life!).
Just before you place in the oven, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes until the bread is golden brown and your kitchen smells delicious! 
Serve with some olives and tomatoes  – close your eyes and pretend you are in Greece!

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