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Cretan Bread

Cretan Bread

This Cretan (or Cretan-style) bread has a soft dough, enriched with olive oil, preserved tomatoes, green olives and cooked onions.

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Last modified on: October 24th 2017

For 8 pieces, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
38 min.3 hours 20 min.28 min.4 hours 26 min.
Preservation: A few days in a cloth bag. Freezes well.
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Step by step recipe

1 Cretan Bread : Photo of step #1

Prepare the filling


Roughly chop 150 g green olives.
3 min.
2 Cretan Bread : Photo of step #2Prepare 150 g onion and slice into thin rings. 5 min.
3 Cretan Bread : Photo of step #3Pour 2 tablespoons olive oil into a saucepan on medium heat. Add the onions, salt and pepper, then mix well.

Cook uncovered without colouring for 2 or 3 minutes.
3 min.
4 Cretan Bread : Photo of step #4Add the onions, 150 g feta and 150 g Preserved tomatoes to the olives... 1 min.
5 Cretan Bread : Photo of step #5...then mix all this together. 1 min.
6 Cretan Bread : Photo of step #6In bread-making, the water temperature is always important. It's not a fixed value, but related to 3 other temperatures: 1) the temperature of your flour, 2) the room temperature in your kitchen, and 3) the basic temperature of this recipe, which is 56-60°C.

You can calculate the temperature of the water for this recipe in one click, using this small calculator.
7 Cretan Bread : Photo of step #7Put into a food processer bowl: 1 kg plain white flour (French Type 65) *, 650 ml water, 18 g fine (or table) salt, 15 g yeast and 100 g leaven.

*You can use a "strong" bread flour, if this is available.
5 min.
8 Cretan Bread : Photo of step #8Knead on slow speed for 16 minutes.

Note: For the best way to knead, see: A few tips for effective kneading at home.
16 min.
9 Cretan Bread : Photo of step #9Towards the end of kneading, add 50 g olive oil in a thin stream. 1 min.
10 Cretan Bread : Photo of step #10Tip: you can use the oil from the preserved (or sun-dried) tomatoes as the olive oil.
11 Cretan Bread : Photo of step #11Finish by adding 1 tablespoon dry oregano. 1 min.
12 Cretan Bread : Photo of step #12Add the filling mixture... 1 min.
13 Cretan Bread : Photo of step #13...and knead just enough to mix this in. 2 min.
14 Cretan Bread : Photo of step #14Gather the dough into a ball, transfer to a large, clean bowl and cover with a plastic sheet.

Leave to rest for 2 hours.
2 hours
15 Cretan Bread : Photo of step #15After resting, weigh out the dough into 300 g lumps and shape into balls. Leave these to rest for 30 minutes, covered with a plastic sheet (so that they do not form a crust). 20 min.
16 Cretan Bread : Photo of step #16After this, reshape the balls and put into "bannetons" (baskets).

Leave to rise, covered with plastic as before, for 1 hour.
1 hour
17 Cretan Bread : Photo of step #17Preheat the oven to 480°F (250°C).

Just before putting in the oven, slash the top of the bread.
2 min.
18 Cretan Bread : Photo of step #18Bake for about 25 minutes. 25 min.

Remarks

If you don't have any oregano, you can use thyme or a mix like "herbes de Provence" instead.

The yeast can be replaced with 300 g of soured dough.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
6020143 gr823 gr239 gr
301 %55 %78 %36 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
2436 gr33 gr10 gr
12 %2 %3 %1 %
Per piece
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
75217 gr102 gr29 gr
38 %7 %10 %5 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 8 pieces : 7.34 €
Per piece : 0.92 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made but dedicated to Arnaud the french-cretan guy
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