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Flat olive bread from Kimolos

#vegetarian #vegan 

Napoli may be famous for the Italian original pizza, but Kimolos and Milos islands are proud to present their traditional vegetarian and vegan Greek version of it, since the long Greek Orthodox Lent periods do not allow the consumption of dairy. ‘Ladenia’ means made of olive and all you need to make it, is very good quality extra virgin olive oil.  

Ingredients for the dough

-       3 and 1/3 cups all purpose white flour
-       4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
-       1 package active dry yeast
-       ½ tsp. sugar
-       1 tsp. salt
-       1 and ½ cup warm water 

Ingredients for topping

-       3 firm and ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
-       3 white onions, sliced
-       ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
-       1 tsp. oregano
-       salt & pepper
-       2 peppers (optional)
-       1 cup pitted kalamata olives (optional)

Preparation Method

1.     Sift the flour in a large bowl, and sprinkle it with the yeast and the sugar
2.     Add the olive oil and rub the mixture with your fingers
3.     Gradually, add the water until you get a soft dough that does not stick on your hands
4.     Coat a bowl with olive oil and let the dough rest there, covered for at least 45 minutes
5.     In the meantime, prepare the ingredients for the topping
6.     When the dough is ready (double its size, soft and elastic), place it on a baking sheet coated with olive oil; use your fingers tips to stretch the dough in the tray
7.     Place the toppings, season and bake on the lowest level of the oven for 50 minutes, 400F

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 10