Lagana (bread)

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Leavened lagana with sesame seeds

Lagana (Greek: λαγάνα, from λάγανον[1]) is a Greek flatbread traditionally baked for Clean Monday, the first day of the Great Lent. Traditionally, it was prepared unleavened (without the yeast), but leavened lagana is nowadays more common. It is typically flat, oval-shaped, with surface decorated by impressing fingertips.[2][3]

Sesame seeds are a common topping, and it may also be topped with other herbs, and seasoned with olive oil.[4] The name comes from a Greco-Roman pastry dough lagana, which is also the origin of the word lasagna,[5] also known as tracta, from Ancient Greek τρακτὸς.

See also[edit]

  • Focaccia, a similar bread from Italian cuisine

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ λάγανον, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  2. ^ "Lagana, Greek Lenten flatbread". Diane Kochilas, Greek Food for Life.
  3. ^ Hallee Bridgeman. The Walking Bread the Bread Will Rise!: A Cookbook and a Parody.
  4. ^ "Lagana Bread (λαγάνα)". The Greek Vegan. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  5. ^ Vocabolario Etimologico Pianigiani, 1907, s.v. lasagna; see more in the tracta (dough) article