Prosforo, pronounced PROHS-foh-roh, means “offering” and is made by members of the Greek Orthodox faith as altar bread for celebrations of the Divine Liturgy. The bread consists of two loaves baked together, one placed on top of the other. The double loaf represents the divine and human nature of Jesus Christ, and each loaf is stamped with a special seal. Traditional Greek homes reserve a pan that is used only for making prosforo.
- 4 cups Olympian Plain Flour
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1.5 cups Water
- 3 tsp Dry yeast
Psorosforo seal (can be purchased at Continental Deli’s)
- Begin with the Trisagion Prayer.
- Mix dry ingredients together. Add water slowly, mixing well until a dough is formed.
- Using your dough hook set on 2 speed, mix for about 8 minutes.
- Add flour or water as needed to form a soft dough. The consistency should be such that the dough does not stick to the sides of the bowl.
- Place the dough onto a floured surface, knead and form into a ball.
- Place in a bowl, cover with a clean cloth and let it rise until double in size ~ 30 minutes.
- Once the dough has risen, punch down and let it rest for a few minutes. Pinch off ~ 1/3 of the dough. Knead, popping air bubbles with a toothpick, then form into a ball with a very smooth surface.
- Flatten with a rolling pin.
- Place the smooth side down into The Gifted Pan and press into the seal thoroughly in order to make a more distinct impression.
- Lightly moisten between the layers with water. Take the remaining dough, knead, pop air bubbles and atten as above.
- Place into The Gifted Pan and press down for an even surface.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for ~ 1 hour. When it is done, immediately remove from the pan and let it cool on a rack.
- Close with the Trisagion and Prosforon Prayers.