Eftazymo bread
A bread that banishes evil...

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Eftazymo bread

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Ingredients

a stem Basil (from the Elevation of the Holy Cross)
Few leaves of laurel (from Palm Sunday)
A flower (from Sunday of the Holy Cross)
3 cloves
A pinch of clean ash
salt
A pinch of crystalline sugar
500 g Chickpeas whisked until they turn into chickpea flour
flour for all uses a bit soft
FOR THE TOPPING
sesame
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Ingredients

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Eftazymo bread

A bread that banishes evil…

  *eftazymo means to knead seven times and is the Greek word for chickpea leavened bread

The recipe was a total secret. The housewives didn’t reveal anything not even on the very same day they would make it. They didn’t want to “put an evil eye on” and thus prevent the dough from rising.άρτος, επτάζυμος

There are many unofficial rumours about the eftazymo bread. The housewives hesitate to make it because they consider it quite difficult. Some even believe they have to knead the dough seven times, as the name suggests… which is untrue…

The fact is that the fermentation of the yeast from chickpeas takes a few hours to rise completely. However you’ll see it’s going to be unique and tasty.

Father Dositheos gave us the recipe because they also make it as  festive bread in the Monastery. They put the pieces that are left over in the oven and make rusks. So if you happen to be lucky you may have eftazymo bread rusks with a cup of blessed coffee.

The recipe is not difficult and it’s worth trying to make…

Eftazymo bread

From Father Dositheos of Panagia Tatarna Monastery, Lake Kremasta Evritania

Steps

1
Done
30 '

In a bowl with hot water add the basil, laurel leaves, the flower and the cloves and leave them there for 30 minutes, while keeping the temperature warm without boiling.

2
Done

Then add the ash, salt, sugar and flour.

3
Done

Whisk them vigorously and place them in a warm place for 7 hours. Our mixture will start to foam. We collect the foams in a pot where we will knead the yeast. We strain with a small strainer.

4
Done

In the same pot we add the above mixture with the broth with the foam and we knead again the yeast with the flour.

5
Done

Put it in a warm place wrapped up in a woollen blanket. After rising knead with lukewarm water.

6
Done

Add a little salt and sugar as you knead.

7
Done

Put the dough in a warm place to rise, then knead it a little longer and give it a round shape. Sprinkle with sesame and brush it with egg or milk.

8
Done
1 hour

Put the dough in a baking pan and bake in a well preheated oven at 200°C for 1 hour.

9
Done

We may cut it into pieces and bake them to make rusks the next day.

Sissy N.

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