Prosferon

Prosforon | Πρόσφορον
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Prosforon is church bread used for communion in the Greek Orthodox Church
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Prep Time
1 hr 15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
1 hr 15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 5 cups all purpose flour
  2. 3 cups warm water
  3. 1 packet dry active yeast
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 pinch of sugar
Instructions
  1. Fill a cup with ½ of warm water
  2. Pour the yeast granules into the cup and stir to dissolve, then put to one side
  3. Place the flour, salt and sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir together
  4. Make an opening in the centre of the flour and pour the dissolved yeast and rest of the water into the centre
  5. Mix the ingredients together
  6. Transfer the mixture to a clean work surface sprinkled with a little flour
  7. Using your hands knead the mixture to form a soft and elastic dough that does not stick to your hands
  8. Place the dough into a clean bowl and cover the bowl with cling film and then a tea towel
  9. Leave the bowl to one side for around an hour to allow the dough to rise to double its size
  10. When the dough has risen, remove it from the bowl and place onto a clean surface
  11. Knead the dough for around 5 minutes to remove any trapped air
  12. Place the dough into the baking tin and sprinkle a little flour over the top
  13. Take the Prosforon Seal and press it onto the top of the dough to impress the sign
  14. When ready to bake take a large round baking tin and rub the inside with a little flour
  15. Place the tin into a pre-heated oven and bake at 180C/350F for around 45 minutes until golden brown
  16. Remove the loaf from oven and allow to cool down completely
Notes
  1. To make this bread you will need to have a wooden Prosforon seal to imprint on the top of the bread.
  2. Before this bread is made, it is tradition to make the sign of the cross saying: “In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever to the ages of ages. Amen”. and then to recite the Lord’s Prayer.
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