Pan de Siete Cielos
I have this recipe for pan de siete cielos (bread of the seven heavens), but the recipe doesn't seem to make sense to me. I'm suppose to mix 7 to 8 cups of flour into 1/3 cup of water, then after it has risen, add in the eggs, milk, and other ingredients.
The basic recipe is here:
Adapted from “Cookbook of the Jews of Greece” by Nicholas Starvroulakis
- 7-8 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 oz. fresh yeast
- 5 eggs
- 1/3 cup warm water
- 5 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tsp. anise extract or Arak
- ½ cup milk
- Dissolve ½ teaspoon of sugar in the warm water.
- Mix in the yeast, and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
- Add the flour and mix well.
- Cover the bowl with a clean towel and allow the dough to rise for 30 minutes.
- Beat the eggs with the sugar and anise extract.
- Pour them into the dough.
- Add the butter and milk.
- Knead the dough.
- Cover the bowl with a towel, and allow the dough to rise until it doubles in size.
As you can see from the picture, it's a fairly flat bread. I have problems combining that much flour with the water. I also have problems with having to mix in all the other ingredients after the dough has risen. It seems that it breaks up the structure. Why bother to let it rise?