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Cyprus olive rolls
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Bread and olives used to be a healthy breakfast in Greece in the past. This is a traditional Cypriot recipe and it is very different from the typical Greek olive bread, due to the orangey dough and the mint aromas in the filling. Eliotes can be enjoyed as a healthy snack or breakfast and last for several days. 

Ingredients for the dough

-       4 cups all purpose flour
-       1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
-       1 cup extra virgin olive oil
-       2 tsp. baking powder
-       salt
-       whole milk or olive oil for brushing the pies
-       sesame seeds

Ingredients for the filling

-       1 cup black pitted olives, chopped
-       4 scallions, chopped
-       freshly ground pepper
-       2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
-       fresh mint leaves, chopped

Preparation Method

1.     Preheat the oven to 380F
2.     Mix all dough ingredients until you have a soft, smooth and slightly elastic-like dough. Let it to rest for 20 minutes
3.     In another bowl, mix well all filling ingredients
4.     Break off small pieces of the dough and, using a rolling pin, roll into round shapes (the size of a small saucer) on a floured surface
5.     Fill with a teaspoon of the olive mixture and roll up (in a crescent shape roll)
6.     Slightly brush the pies with olive oil or whole milk
7.     Sprinkle with sesame seeds
8.     Place olive pies on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Makes about 30-40 pieces

(Illustration by minifrenchie)