Lagana is a delicious flatbread which is usually baked on the first day of Lent of the Orthodox Easter. This year I wanted to make something different from the classic Lagana so I made it with olives and rosemary.
I prepared the dough from the previous day so that I could bake it early in the morning. You can bake it the same day if you like after the bread rises.
This Lagana is inspired by Cypriot Elioti, which is an olive bread.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Rising time: about 2 hours or overnight in the refrigerator
Baking time: about 25 minutes
Makes: 2 flatbreads
For the Dough:
1 kilo bread flour
32 grams fresh yeast (or 16 grams instant yeast)
1 tbsp demerera sugar or crystal sugar
2 – 3 tablespoons flour
Lukewarm water (about ¼ cup)
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
250 ml (about 1 cup) fresh orange juice (optional or add more water)
250 ml (about 1 cup water)
For the filling:
500 grams throumbes (or kalamata) olives, pitted
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 – 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
3 – 4 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
1 tbsp citrus zest
2 tbsp dried mint
Freshly ground black pepper (optional)
Salt at will, as olives are salty
- In a blow put the yeast, sugar and water and mix to dissolve the yeast. Add the flour and mix to make a batter. Cover with cling film and set aside until it doubles in volume.
- In the mixer bowl attach the hook. Add the remaining flour, salt, olive oil and yeast. Mix to combine and then add all the orange juice. Gradually add the water until the dough is ready and does not stick to the bowl. If it is sticky, add some more flour.
- Meantime prepare all the remaining ingredients and add to the dough and mix with the hook. The olives will not be all incorporated in the dough, so transfer it back into a bowl and mix by hand. Cover with cling film and set aside until it doubles in volume.
- Refrigerate overnight. Remove from the refrigerator and set aside to come to room temperature.
- Grease a large baking tin with olive oil. Wet your hands with olive oil and divide the dough into two equal parts. Press it with your greased hands to flatten it about 2 cm high shaping it oval. Make depressions, with fingers about 2 inches apart, into dough or press it with a fork. Finally sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Cover the bread again and let it rise in a warm place.
- Preheat oven to 200°C/ 400°F and bake for about 20 – 25 minutes.
Today is Kathara Deftera (clean Monday) and it’s been raining all day, so we are not going out. Since we will be staying home I decided to make some “Lagana” flat-bread. I made the dough as above, using 1 kilo flour. I divided the dough into two pieces and with half of it I made the classic flat-bread.
In the other half, I added one cup of Koroneikes oives, 2 spring onions, finely chopped with part of the green leaves on and a sprig of fresh rosemary (only the leaves).
Koroneikes, is the most common variety of olives used for the production of olive oil.
Cover the “laganes” with cling film brushed with olive oil, then cover them with a napkin or a tabecloth and set aside in a warm place to rise.
Bake in a preheated fan forced oven to 200 degrees Centigrade for about 20 minutes. As soon as the top has browned on top, switch the baking tins, so that the other one will brown as well.
Today I tried baking the “laganes” with some steam. When preheating the oven, I added a baking tin with water, which I left inside during the baking. In the reflection of the oven you can see the baking tins covered with a tablecloth.
They turned out perfect, with a crunchy crust.
You can find more of my Lenten Recipes (most of them are vegan) here.
Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!!