Clean Monday Traditional Bread
Every year for Clean Monday, as a way to kick off lent, there is a special Greek bread that is made. It’s special because it’s only made once a year (some Greek families may make it a few times throughout the year however–but out and about, it’s hard to find).
The bread is called, Lagana (λαγάνα) and it’s very simple to make. It closely resembles focaccia bread in my opinion.
Every year since I can remember, I’ve had this bread on Clean Monday. When I was little I just called it sesame bread. If you’re new to Greek cooking, you’ll soon discover Greece’s love for sesame seeds.
So below is the recipe for it. If you stumbled upon this post on or around Clean Monday, don’t be afraid to give it a go. It’s simple and tasty.
Both Jane and I find it goes best with an olive oil dip made of: Greek olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Of course, one might not be able to have olive oil during their fast, we choose to included it during ours.
Give it a try and let us know!