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

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 3 min.
Cretan Bread

Prepare the filling

Roughly chop 150 g green olives.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Cretan Bread
Prepare 150 g onion and slice into thin rings.

Stage 3 - 3 min.
Cretan Bread
Pour 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.

Stage 4 - 1 min.
Cretan Bread
Add the onions, 150 g feta and 150 g Preserved tomatoes to the olives...

Stage 5 - 1 min.
Cretan Bread
...then mix all this together.

Stage 6
Cretan Bread
In 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.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
Cretan Bread
Put 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.

Stage 8 - 16 min.
Cretan Bread
Knead on slow speed for 16 minutes.

Note: For the best way to knead, see: A few tips for effective kneading at home.

Stage 9 - 1 min.
Cretan Bread
Towards the end of kneading, add 50 g olive oil in a thin stream.

Stage 10
Cretan Bread
Tip: you can use the oil from the preserved (or sun-dried) tomatoes as the olive oil.

Stage 11 - 1 min.
Cretan Bread
Finish by adding 1 tablespoon dry oregano.

Stage 12 - 1 min.
Cretan Bread
Add the filling mixture...

Stage 13 - 2 min.
Cretan Bread
...and knead just enough to mix this in.

Stage 14 - 2 hours
Cretan Bread
Gather the dough into a ball, transfer to a large, clean bowl and cover with a plastic sheet.

Leave to rest for 2 hours.

Stage 15 - 20 min.
Cretan Bread
After 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).

Stage 16 - 1 hour
Cretan Bread
After this, reshape the balls and put into "bannetons" (baskets).

Leave to rise, covered with plastic as before, for 1 hour.

Stage 17 - 2 min.
Cretan Bread
Preheat the oven to 480°F (250°C).

Just before putting in the oven, slash the top of the bread.

Stage 18 - 25 min.
Cretan Bread
Bake for about 25 minutes.
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.
A few days in a cloth bag. Freezes well.
Home made but dedicated to Arnaud the french-cretan guy.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
5,434 Kcal or 22,751 Kj142 gr823 gr239 gr
272 %55 %78 %36 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
228 Kcal or 955 Kj6 gr35 gr10 gr
11 %2 %3 %2 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
679 Kcal or 2,843 Kj18 gr103 gr30 gr
34 %7 %10 %5 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk, Gluten
How much will it cost?
  • For 8 pieces : 7.29 €
  • Per piece : 0.91 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Plain white flour (French Type 65)Plain white flour (French Type 65): You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: "Psychedelic" sandwich bread, Jura bread, Mixed seed grissini, Bacon rolls, Ali Baba bread, ... All
WaterWater: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Pitta bread, Quick orange marmalade, Nachos, Two-olive ciabatta, Sesame fried scampi, ... All
Preserved tomatoesPreserved tomatoes: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Tomato foccacia, Fish terrine with spinach and tomatoes, Sushi, Spring Bread, Canapés of red mullet with poppy seeds, ... All
OnionOnion: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Confit of carrots with bacon, Curried mussels with cabbage, Mushrooms à la grecque, Cajun pulled pork, Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette), ... All
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