Breads of Europe | Eliópsomo Pilíou Ελιόψωμο Πηλίου (Pelion olive bread)

GREECE

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It describes the olive cake of Pelion ‘as a type of bread in which the dough is mixed with pine olives to produce a strong aroma and taste of oil’. An ancient product, ‘baked before the usual bread loaves, today it is mainly a tourist type produced by the “traditional” bakeries in the many villages of Pelion’.

A basic yeast dough made with soft wheat flour, we have tweaked the recipe to enhance the flavour with the introduction of a small amount of sourdough, a larger amount of oil and a whole spelt version.

In Pelion it is served warm ‘when the aroma of the oil is particularly intense’.

The desired dough temperature is 25ºC.

  • 500 g white wheat flour, t550 / whole spelt flour
  • 15 g yeast dissolved in 200 ml warm water and 5 g sugar
  • 200 g olives, pitted, halved / feta cheese or 100 g of each
  • 100 ml + 15 ml olive oil
  • 60 g sourdough
  • 2 tbsp dried mint / dried oregano / dried thyme
  • 10 g salt

Work the oil, sourdough and salt into the flour, add the yeast mixture, knead into a smooth dough, about 10 minutes.

Leave to rise for two hours, degas, work in the herbs, leave to rise for an hour, work in the olives or cheese or a mixture of both, leave for a further hour.

Divide into two equal pieces, place on a baking tray, drizzle surface with oil, leave to rise for two hours.

Bake at 190ºC for 45 minutes.