Greek Bread recipe (Village bread/ Horiatiko Psomi)

Greek Bread recipe (Village bread-Horiatiko Psomi)

A super easy Greek village bread recipe (Horiatiko Psomi) that will amaze you! This is a Greek rustic bread recipe, that I’m absolutely certain all you bread lovers will enjoy for its simplicity. For some, making bread is not just a process, but rather something really special. You will love this recipe’s little touches all while waiting patiently for a perfectly proven dough. And if you’re a novice, I’m sure you’ve tried making bread before and ended up with a mess in your kitchen and nothing but disappointment. Don’t worry though, this super easy Greek bread recipe will never fail you!

Which are the most popular types of Greek breads?

Bread is a staple in the Greek cuisine. One can find lots of different types of breads. The most popular Greek breads are “village” bread (rustic bread), pita bread, raisin bread, Greek sesame bread rings and Lagana. Each one is prepared and shaped in a different way and has each own unique texture and taste.
Greek Bread recipe (Village bread: Horiatiko Psomi)

What is Greek village (country) bread?

Village or country bread (Horiatiko psomi) is a type of Greek bread one can find in every Greek bakery. It originates from Greek villages and has a unique flavor and texture. Traditionally it is a denser type of bread that resembles the taste of sourdough bread. It’s main characteristic is that Greek village bread is baked in outdoors wood fired ovens.

The secrets of a perfectly baked Greek bread – A simple homely version

This is an easy simple homely version of the traditional Greek village bread recipe that calls for fresh yeast and a long time proving (overnight). A combination that will give a unique yeast-y taste and texture that resembles sourdough bread. When preparing this Greek bread recipe it is best to use a “strong”, hard flour known as bread flour which is high in protein. This will help the bread hold it’s shape better and give more texture. An extra tip is to spread out some semolina on the working surface when kneading the finished dough. Semolina gives homemade bread that extra crisp, that I personally love.

Note: If you don’t have any fresh yeast lying around, you could also use instant yeast (1/3 of the amount of fresh yeast).

Greek bread recipe preparation

How to bake Village bread in an oven?

To bake my Greek bread it’s best to use a casserole dish with a lid or a Dutch oven. Preheat the oven at high temperature (200-210C/ 400F). Bake the bread for 45 minutes with the lid on and another 20 minutes without the lid, until its crusty and golden brown. This baking technique helps the bread keep its moisture inside. It also helps to form that amazing crust resembling the traditional baking in wood baking ovens.

Greek Bread (Village bread/ Horiatiko Psomi) in a casserole dish

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Greek Bread recipe (Village bread-Horiatiko Psomi)

Greek Bread recipe (Village bread/ Horiatiko Psomi)

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  • Author: Eli K. Giannopoulos
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 65 min
  • Total Time: 85 min
  • Yield: 2 round loafs (approx. 650g each)/ 14 medium slices 1x
  • Category: Breads
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

A super easy Greek village bread recipe (Horiatiko psomi) that will never fail you! All the secrets for a perfectly baked bread; a homely version for all the bread lovers.



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Ingredients

  • 1 kg bread flour (35oz.)
  • 630ml lukewarm water (21 oz.)
  • 25g fresh yeast (0.8 oz.)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp salt
  • thin semolina


Instructions

  1. To prepare this easy Greek bread recipe, start by adding in a large bowl the water, yeast and sugar. Use a fork to completely dissolve the yeast in the water. Set aside for about  5 -10 minutes to activate the yeast. Note: if you don’t have fresh yeast substitute for dried – just use one third of the quantity stated.
  2. Add half the flour a little bit at time whilst mixing with a spoon. Add the olive oil and salt and the rest of the flour and mix with a spoon until all the flour has been absorbed. At this point the dough should be sticky on your hand. Knead the dough a little bit with your hands to form into a ball. Place the dough inside a lightly oiled large bowl and cover with cling film.
  3. Let the dough rise at room temperature for 10-12 hours (or overnight).
  4. Deflate the dough. Sprinkle semolina on a large working surface and transfer the dough on the surface. Using a sharp knife divide the dough in 2 equal pieces. (This Greek Bread recipe makes 2 loafs of bread).
  5. Knead each piece of the dough with your hands just enough to have a nice and smooth dough that doesn’t stick too much on your hands (for about 3 minutes). Sprinkle the dough with semolina (2-3 tbsps) when kneading the dough.
  6. Form 2 round loafs and place inside a casserole dish or clay pot with a lid. Score the top of each loaf using a sharp knife. Place the lid on the casserole dish.
  7. Preheat the oven at 200-210C/ 400F. Bake for 45 minutes with the lid on and another 20 minutes without the lid, until nicely coloured and crusty.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice of bread
  • Calories: 283kcal
  • Sugar: 0.5g
  • Sodium: 749.2mg
  • Fat: 3.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2.3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 53.4g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: Greek bread recipe, Greek village bread, horiatiko psomi

8 Comments

  1. Anita Lawlor

    Can you use dry yeast if you can’t find fresh?

  2. Have you ever used whole wheat flour for this recipe?

    • I have! I usually make half the recipe and use 300g white flour and 100g whole wheat or rye. Turns out really well 🙂

  3. What should the diameter of each loaf be? Or the thickness? It just says form 2 round loaves, but for first timers, needs more explanation. Thanks!

  4. Do you let the loaves rise AFTER shaping them? It sounds like they go directly into the oven from the way the recipe is written.

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