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Psomi Spitiko

Psomi Spitiko is a really easy Greek bread recipe. Made with yeast, this a no-fuss bread recipe that’s great for beginners. You could make the dough by hand or with a mixer.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Bread, yeast
Servings: 2 1-lb. loaves
Author: Lora

Ingredients

  • 3 ¾ cups of bread or all-purpose flour (I used AP flour. I was out of bread flour)
  • cups of lukewarm water
  • 1 packet ¼ oz of dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • teaspoon of salt
  • sesame seeds optional to sprinkle on top before baking

Instructions

  • Dissolve yeast in the warm water.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine 1 ½cups of flour, salt, oil, and yeast with water, and mix until thoroughly blended. Cover tightly (plastic wrap works well) and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • There are two ways to make the dough: using a mixer, and by hand.
  • METHOD #1:
  • Mixing bowl: (I used this method)
  • Mixing with pastry hooks, slowly add 2 cups of flour to the yeast mixture and knead until smooth. The dough will be very sticky and just needs enough additional flour so it can be handled.
  • Sprinkle a work surface with the remaining ¼ cup of flour and turn out the dough, kneading briefly by hand, pulling in the flour, until it doesn't stick to hands. *make sure your flour is near by to add more as needed. It can be very sticky and you may need to add more flour as you gently kneed it.
  • METHOD # 2: By hand:
  • Add 1 ½ cups of flour to the yeast mixture and combine with hands to form a cohesive dough. Turn out onto a floured work surface and knead in as much of the remaining flour as needed until the dough is smooth and doesn't stick to hands.
  • Make the Loaves
  • Shape into two loaves, place on parchment paper lined nonstick cookie sheet, and place on the middle rack in a cold oven for 15 minutes.
  • Turn on oven to 425°F (220°C) and bake on the middle rack for 40 minutes or until golden. Check loaves at about 35 mins. Every oven is different, so yours may be ready at about 35 mins.
  • Cool on a rack.

Notes

The loaves will rise while in the cold oven, and will rise further when baking, so allow adequate space between.
To create a more crusty top, just before baking score the loaves 2-3 times diagonally across the top.
Optionally, just before baking, brush the top of the loaves with water and sprinkle with sesame seeds before placing in cold oven.