Lepinja (Balkan Flatbread)

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I had a Croatian coworker who would bake this anytime we had a celebration at work. I finally got her to share her recipe with me. I've had to tweak it quite a bit because some ingredients she doesn't measure and of those she does, she uses metrics.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 2 tablespoons warm milk (110 to 115 degrees F)

  • 1 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees F)

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm milk in a small bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam. Stir the warm water and sugar into the yeast mixture.

  2. Stir the flour and salt together in a separate bowl; add all but about 1/2 cup of the flour mixture to the yeast mixture; mix with your hands until a soft dough forms, adding the last of the flour mixture a little at a time until it clears the sides of the bowl. Cover the bowl with a light cloth and let the dough rise in a warm place (80 to 95 degrees F (27 to 35 degrees C)) until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

  3. Deflate, or 'punch down,' the dough and turn out onto a work surface lightly dusted with flour; knead for about 5 minutes. Return the dough to the bowl, cover again with a light cloth, and allow the dough to again rise until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes more.

  4. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.

  5. Deflate the dough and turn turn out onto a work surface lightly dusted with flour; knead lightly. Place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet; shape into an oval about 1/2-inch thick. Set aside to rise a third time for about 30 minutes.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until nicely browned and hollow sounding when thumped, 20 to 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

96 Calories
0g Fat
20g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 96
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 196mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 42mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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