Recipe for Lefkaditiko Psomi tou Gamou – Greek Wedding Bread from Lefkas
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This festive sweetbread originates on the island of Lefkas and is served at weddings. It is scented with spices like coriander and honey gives it its sweet flavor.
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
- 2 tablespoons anise seeds
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 1/2 recipe dough starter
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup Greek olive oil
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup cold water
- All-purpose flour, as needed
Mix the water, honey, and yeast in a small bowl and let stand until the yeast starts to bubble. Grind the fennel, anise, and coriander seeds together in a spice grinder.
Add the dough starter, flour, olive oil, egg, yeast mixture, ground spices, and salt to a food processor and pulse until ingredients are combined. Slowly add water and pulse until a ball of dough starts to form. Transfer dough to a large mixing bowl that has been oiled, cover with plastic wrap, and let the dough stand until doubled in size. This should take up to two hours.
Remove the plastic wrap and punch down the dough. Sprinkle a clean work surface with flour and place the dough on top. Sprinkle the dough with a little flour and knead until smooth. Keep adding flour until the dough is soft and not sticky. This should take about an additional 1/2 cup of flour, but it could be more or less depending on how the dough feels.
Form the dough into a loaf shape and place it on a greased baking sheet. Let the loaf stand until it doubles in size. This should take about an hour. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and place the baking sheet in the center of the oven. Bake the loaf for ten minutes and then lower the heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake until the loaf is cooked all the way through and the top is golden brown. This should take 15 or 20 more minutes. Remove the loaf from the oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting into it.
This post was written by GreekBoston.com