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Eftazimo

Eftazimo, a unique Cretan bread, rises without yeast or baking powder, using chickpea microorganisms. Renowned for its exceptional flavor, it’s a holiday and social event staple.

Close-up of Greek ‘Eftazimo’ means bread

Eftazimo is a truly remarkable bread frequently served on holidays and for social events. It has an exceptional flavor and aroma and does not contain either yeast, baking soda, or baking powder as leavenings. On the contrary, it uses the microorganisms found in chickpeas in order to fluff up and to acquire the aroma that makes it unique.

Its correct name is “aftozimo” meaning self-rising bread. Over time, aftozimo became known as eftazimo, as it is now known as such in most regions of Crete.

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