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Lathenia tis Alikis: Aliki's Pizza

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Greek Homemade Pizza

Aliki's Homemade Pizza - Greek Lathenia

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In Greek: the Greek word for pizza is lathenia (also spelled ladenia), λαδένια, say: lah-THEN-yah.

This is my granddaughter Aliki's favorite pizza. Make it with pita bread or this easy pizza dough recipe that calls for self-rising flour.

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 x 6-7" diameter pieces of pita bread or
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  • For the pizza dough:
  • 4 cups of self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups of milk
  • olive oil for brushing
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  • For the toppings:
  • 1 bell pepper, cut in thin rings
  • 4 tomatoes, cut in thin slices
  • 1 pound of ham, cut in thin slices
  • 1/4 pound of thinly sliced smoked bacon
  • grated cheese (see below)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 390°F (200°C).

Combine all dough ingredients. Knead for 20 minutes and set aside until the oven has preheated and toppings are ready. The dough will start to rise. Roll out to a thickness of 1/4 inch, and brush lightly with olive oil.

Layer the toppings: ham, tomato, bacon, peppers, each layer covering the dough from side to side. Sprinkle with your choice of cheese, in the amount you want. Aliki prefers a mixture of parmagiano reggiano, gouda, and mozzarella, and she doesn't care for too much.

    Note: If using pita bread, brush lightly with olive oil on both sides and layer as above.

Bake at 390°F (200°C) for 30 minutes.

Yield: makes one 18-inch pizza, two 9-inch pizzas, or three 6-inch pizzas (small pita bread size).

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