Another characteristic of Greek food culture is the great variety in vegetarian dishes due to long fasting periods within Greek orthodox culture. The ingredients that are allowed within fasting periods are very specific and exactly because Greeks are great lovers of good food many alternative recipes exist to substitute basic Greek food craves.
Right now we are going through the 40 days of orthodox lent and with my aunt we decided to try an Olive Bread recipe my aunt saw in a cooking show. I was surprised to see that with 3 simple ingredients for the dough and 3 simple ingredients for the filling you can get a full of taste lighter result that can very well substitute the common to all Olive Bread. I would recommend the recipe not only to those that are fasting but also to those that are either dieting or are not great fans of bread.
For the dough:
1 cup good quality olive oil
1 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 kg wholemeal flour
For the filling:
15gr fresh mint
In a bowl we mix the olive oil, orange juice and we slowly start to add the flour while we continue to mix. We add as much flour to create a workable dough. We leave the dough to rest in the fridge for an hour.
We chop the olives, onions and mint and mix them.
We divide the dough in three parts. On baking paper we work the dough into a 4mm rectangular shape. We divide the filling into three parts. With a spoon we spread one third of the mixture on the rectangular dough. With the help of the baking paper we roll the dough.
We oil a baking tray and after placing the Olive Breads we bake them in a 180 C preheated oven for an hour