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Lagana - Greek Flatbread With Sesame

A flavorful Greek flatbread with a crunchy sesame coated crust. Traditionally served during Lent (Greek fasting).
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: bread, dairy-free
Servings: 1 bread
Calories: 2437kcal


  • 350 grams / 12.3 oz bread flour
  • 250 grams / 8.8 oz all purpose flour
  • 350 ml tepid water
  • 10 grams / 0.35 oz dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or sunflower oil)
  • sesame (for adding on top)


  • In a mixing bowl whisk together the all-purpose flour, the tepid water, the sugar, and yeast. Cover with a tea towel and set aside for 15 minutes for the yeast to activate.
  • Mix together the bread flour and salt. Then slowly incorporate into the yeast mixture, kneading with your hands.
  • Add the olive oil and knead the dough for at least 5 minutes by folding it inwards. Once the dough is soft and elastic, set aside and cover the bowl with a tea towel. It takes about 1 and a half hour to double in size at a room temperature of around 20°C / 68°F.
  • Preheat oven to 220°C / 428°F on electric stove 200°C / 392°F on gas stove.
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, press it with your hands to remove the air. Grease a large sheet pan with oil. Give the dough a round shape and place in the pan. Press it with your hands to flatten it down to 1 cm thick (0.4 inch).
  • Gently brush the dough with a bit of water and sprinkle with plenty of sesame.
  • Bake for 20 minutes then drop the temperature to 200°C / 392°F (if baking in an electric stove) and bake for another 10 minutes until deep golden on top. Cool on a cooling rack or cut and serve warm along with a traditional Greek soup like Fasolatha - White Bean And Tomato Soup or Greek Tarama Dip.


Serving: 1bread | Calories: 2437kcal | Carbohydrates: 457g | Protein: 75g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 4670mg | Potassium: 788mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 6g | Calcium: 246mg | Iron: 17mg