Bake a Fresh Loaf of Country Bread at Home: Traditional Recipe with Easy Ingredients - Into Albania

Bake a Fresh Loaf of Country Bread at Home: Traditional Recipe with Easy Ingredients

In Albania, a fresh loaf of bread is a mandatory item of every household. This is why, in days that one cannot make it to the bakery, knowing how to whip one up at home becomes a life-saving skill.

One thing is for sure, Albanians don’t like to eat any meal without accompanying it with a, preferably crusty, steaming hot, fresh loaf of bread. With hundreds of bakeries in each city, bread is the most accessible food item in the country. For other times, the simple recipe below, from the trusted, guarantees delicious homemade bread that will have your home smelling like a rustic dream.


1 package baker’s yeast

1 tsp sugar

3 cups flour

1 glass water

1 ½ tsp salt

2-3 Tbsp olive oil

Extra flour to work in the dough


Step 1

In a medium-sized bowl, mix the yeast, sugar, 2/3 cup flour and water. Mix well using a wooden spoon. The dough should be thin at this point. Leave the dough aside, in a warm place. Do not cover the bowl. Wait until the dough is foaming somewhat. For the best results, we recommend to let it sit for up to 2 hours.   

Step 2

Afterwards, blend the leftover flour and salt with a wooden spoon while you add the dough to the mix. After the dough achieves a uniform consistency, sprinkle some flour on your clean counter and work it in the dough for about 5 minutes. Add pinches of flour continually until the dough is soft but not sticky.

Step 3

Spread olive oil evenly in a pan. Place the dough in the center and brush olive oil on its surface. Cover the entire pan with a plastic bag and place a clean towel over it. Let the dough set for about 2 hours, depending on room temperature (the warmer, the faster it sets).

Step 4

Return the dough to the flour-covered counter and work the dough for another 2 minutes. At this point, the dough should feel very pliant. Give the dough the desired shape (round is recommended), pout a dab of olive oil on top and place on an oven sheet. Leave aside for one hour, until it doubles in size.

Step 5

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Sprinkle some water on the dough’s surface and place inside the preheated oven. Bake for approximately 30 minutes. Take it out, sprinkle with water, and return to bake for another 15 minutes. Take it out and leave to cool for five minutes before slicing and serving.


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