Yield: 3 servings
|4½ cup||Semolina flour|
|3 tablespoons||Freshly ground cinnamon|
|1 tablespoon||Freshly ground anise|
|1 tablespoon||Freshly ground coriander|
|4 packs||Active dry yeast|
|½ teaspoon||Sugar Hot water, just above body|
|2 teaspoons||Freshly ground cloves|
|2½ cup||Dried currants|
|1 cup||Golden raisins|
|1 cup||Olive oil, mild temperature|
|4 cups||All-purpose flour; plus extra for kneading|
Make the flavoring addition first. Combine the semolina flour, sugar, cinnamon, anise, coriander, and cloves in a bowl and add the finely grated zests of the oranges and tangerines. Squeeze some of the oranges and tangerines. Squeeze some of the oranges and tangerines to obtain 1¼ cups juice. Use half this juice to soak the currants and raisins for a minimum of 1 hour, preferably overnight. Put the remaining juice in a pan with the olive oil. Heat until almost boiling. Pour this into a bowl with the semolina and spice mixture and stir. Cover and leave overnight until needed.
Next day, combine the dried yeast with the sugar and hot water in a cup. Put the flour in a bowl, making a well in the center. Pour in the yeast mixture. Squeeze ⅔ cup more orange and tangerine juice, warm it, nad add. Work to a smooth dough, adding more water and warm juice if necessary. Put the dough into an oiled bowl, cover with a cloth, and leave to rise in a warm place until almost doubled in size - about an hour.
Punch down the dough in a bowl. Combine the drained currants and raisins with the semolina and spice mixture and, working with your hands, combine with the dough. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, adding more flour if the dough is sticky.
Divide the dough into three equal pieces. Oil 3 loaf pans, each 1-½ quart capacity. Shape each piece to fit the length of the pan and fit them in, so the corners are well filled. Cover with a cloth and leave to rise in a warm place until almost double in size - another hour.
Bake in an oven preheated to 350 F for 1 hour and 10 minutes or more; the loaves should be rich brown color and make a hollow sound when the unmolded bread is thumped on the bottom. Leave on a rack to cool. The bread will keep for at least 3 weeks.
Source: Recipes from a Greek Island - by Susie Jacobs ISBN:0-671-74531-X
Typed for you by Karen Mintzias