> > > >

Lagana Bread



Lagana is a Greek bread, made only once a year. The bread is served in Greece on the day that marks the start of Greek Orthodox Lent, called "Clean Monday" ("Kathara Deftera".)

It is flat and about 18 inches (45 cm) long, with rounded corners. It used to be unleavened, but recipes now use a small bit of yeast.

The dough is made with flour, water, yeast and olive oil. Sesame seeds are sprinkled on top just before baking (about 1 tablespoon of white sesame seeds, with a few black ones for colour, per loaf.) It is then baked at 350°F (180°C) for 30-40 minutes, until golden.

It is sold in bakeries.

Cooking Tips

It's broken (not cut), and served with dips such as Taramosaláta (a dip made of fish roe.)

Storage Hints

Lagana does not keep well; it goes hard fast. It is best eaten on the day of purchase.


It can be frozen, if it is frozen right after baking and cooling before it gets starts to get hard.

History Notes

In Ancient Greece, "laganon" was a flat bread.

Language Notes

In modern Greek: λαγάνα .


In classical Greek the word "Laganon" was neuter. When the Latin language absorbed the word, it became the Latin neuter of laganum, the plural of which is lagana.

The Romans used Laganum / Lagana to mean a sheet of dough, or a thin pancake.

Please share this information with your friends. They may love it.


Comments

See also:

You may also like:

logo

Bon mots

"Hors d'oeuvres have always a pathetic interest for me: they remind me of one's childhood that one goes through, wondering what the next course is going to be like -- and during the rest of the menu one wishes one had eaten more of the hors d'oeurves."

-- Hector Hugh Munro (English author. 18 December 1870 - 14 November 1916)

Food Calendar

food-calendar-icon
A calendar tracking what happens when in the world of food.
  • food day iconEskimo Pie Day (Today)
    On this day, the 24th of January, in 1922, Christian Kent Nelson of Onawa, Iowa, along with his business partner Russell C. Stover, obtained US patent number 1,404,539 for the "Eskimo Pie" ice cream bar.
  • food day iconPeanut Butter Day (Today)
    The 24th of January is Peanut Butter Day. It falls almost in the middle of National Peanut Month, which started as National Peanut Week in 1941, being expanded to a full month in 1974.

Myth of the Day

Chicken Breasts Read more >