Greek Baking

I booked a baking e-course for this morning regarding Greek baking. At the end, I had only the instructions and couldnt join the session so I decided to go ahead myself anyway. So it was a nice way to wake up early and start the weekend.

Olive Bread – Elipsomo


  • 400gr strong white bread flour
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 7gr dried yeast
  • 250g water
  • 30g honey
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 75g olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1 tsp rosemary chopped


  • Pre-heat oven at 80C to help proving the dough later. Let it warm up for 5 minutes and then drop the temperature to the minimum.
  • Put flour, garlic powder, salt and yeast in a bowl and mix well
  • In a small bowl, mix water and honey until well combined
  • Make a well in the center of the flour bowl and pour the water/honey mix. Combine well until a ball of dough is formed.
  • Put the dough in a table and knead for 8-10 minutes. It should be smooth and pass the “window pane test”.
  • Then add one tbsp of olive oil in the bowl and spread it around. Put back the dough, let it rest inside the oven. Be sure it is just warm. Let it be until it doubles in size.
  • Take the dough out of the oven and pre-heat at 220C.
  • Flatten the dough like a rectangle, add the chopped olives and rosemary. This is the difficult part because I wasnt sure what to do. I tried to make a ball again but it started breaking with the olives. Anyway, once shaped in a ball, let it rest for 5 minutes. I need to find a video to see clearly this part.
  • Prepare a baking tray with paper and put the dough. Coat the dough with the last 1 tbsp of olive (I forgot this 🙁 )
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden.

This is the result!!!

Olive Bread

Clearly, I didnt spread the olives properly… It tastes good to be honest. Maybe next time I will try with a mix of white flour and rye.

Honey Cake


  • 100gr brown sugar
  • 100gr honey
  • 125gr extra virgin olive oil
  • 140gr water
  • 150gr self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste


  • Preheat oven at 200C
  • Put sugar, honey, olive oil and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil gradually and simmer for 2-3 minutes. I didnt get a syrup, it was still “quite” liquid. Remove from heat and let it rest
  • Put flour, cinnamon, cloves and baking powder in a bowl and mix properly.
  • In a cristal bowl, put the eggs and vanilla, whisk well. Then pour the liquid mix slowly always keep whisking.
  • Then add the flour mix to the liquid mix. Mix well, and taste it!!!
  • Pour the mix into a tin (with baking paper)
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes. It is ready when you poke with a skewer and comes out clean. It has to be moist!!!
  • Let it cold down

And not bad result. Very moist and tasty!

Honey Cake

You can add some icing after the baking but I thought it was not necessary.

When things fall apart

I finished this book last week. I wasnt sure what was about but I liked it. It was a good refresh for keeping back the “peace” of mind. Its focus is Buddhism and mentions often the benefits of meditation while navigating a conflicting world/life. It reminds you to live the present, don’t hope, be groundless. There are a lot stories of main Buddhist figures dealing with different problems like when Buddha reached the illumination when the Maras attacked him, but he welcome them and didnt fight them. Something, as well, very important is to realize the path is the goal. In a so materialistic world, reading parts of the books is like cleaning your face with cold water. So refreshing, and wakes you up!

In general, it is a small book, quick to read and as I tell myself sometimes, I need to re-read some books. It is not the philosophical stone that is going to solve all problems but helps you to focus. This book or similar to be honest.