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The ancient art of bread making in Greece


Today’s blog post is for those of you who want to explore the ancient art of bread making in Greece. And why not try and re-create some of the Greek historical recipes yourself!

It all started in a 300-year-old olive grove, 5 km from the city of Chania. Greeks developed different types of bread, such as the well-known sourdough. Their techniques varied a lot, even kneading or baking wasn’t the same all over the country. Some Greeks were using the bread as an ingredient in various dishes as well.

The loaves of bread were of course baked on hot stones, we are talking about the famous 5th-century pnigeus, a kind of portable earthenware oven. A popular choice as to bake the loaves of bread in a Byzantine portable grill. Later on, most Greeks used to bake bread in the heat of a traditional wood-fired oven.

Some of the most famous examples of the ancient art of bread making in Greece, that are loved to this day?

Well, of course, the diverse and intense sourdough! A close second is the Byzantine style flatbread that is baked in hot ash, as well as the Byzantine stuffed flatbread baked on a clay grill.

What’s our personal favorite? The traditional flatbread that is best eaten when topped with vegetables and cheese, or a homemade Greek jam. Oh! And it is baked in a wood-fired oven, where else?

We hope this blogpost made you a bit more enthusiastic about the ancient art of bread making in Greece and a lot more curious to try a new variety of bread! Or why not try and bake one on your own!

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