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Dakos from Crete – Keto bread reformation

These days I’ve been asked about Keto bread by many followers and readers. This is why I decided to pay a tribute to my beloved island of Crete. This specific island could be considered as a small continent. They simply have everything to sustain life! From awesome climate to their own food production. No wonder some of the greatest civilisations flourished in this unbelievably picturesque island.

Dakos – the beauty of simplicity

Cretan food represents another level of supreme nutrition in Greece. If you visit a typical Cretan restaurant, you will be overwhelmed with the varieties and aromas of vegetables, meat, spices and above all, amazing cheese. The Cretan cuisine is influenced both by the oriental and western civilisations, but somehow it managed to stay simple, rustic and original. The simplest and most famous Cretan starter dish is called Dakos. Not to be mistaken with Tacos, please!

What is Dakos?

Dakos is similar to bruschetta but at the same time, it’s unique. It’s so simple and easy to prepare if you have good tomatoes and goat feta cheese. Of course, you will need top quality olives and only the best olive oil you can find. In the original version, the topping lays on a slice of crunchy toasted or double-baked barley bread! This is our problem. How to replace this “carby” base for one of the most beloved Greek dishes? Well, with a Keto rustic bread, of course. So let’s see how you can prepare it with Keto ingredients.

Keto rustic bread (double baked)

Preparation time: 90 min (Best to prepare it a day before)
Servings: 20 slices

Ingredients

  • 100g – 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 100g – 3.5 oz ground walnuts
  • 100g – 3,5 oz ground flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp psyllium husk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 50g – 1/4 cup melted goat butter (or grass-fed cow’s butter)
  • 70ml – 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 large free-range eggs
  • Sesame seeds and golden flaxseed to your liking for garnish

Instruction:

  1. In a deep mixing bowl beat the eggs with melted butter, olive oil, salt, and vinegar
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients and add them slowly to the egg mixture
  3. Work the dough with your hands and let it sit for 10 minutes
  4. Place the dough in your bread mould. Grease your hands with olive oil and tap the dough from upper side
  5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and golden flaxseed
  6. Bake at 18oC for 40 minutes
  7. Let the bread cool down and slice it to 20 slices
  8. Place the slices on baking sheet and bake them again at 150oC for 15 minutes
  9. Before using the slices for Dakos, let the bread cool totally

Topping per 4 slices

  • 1 medium tomato cut into small cubes
  • 12 green pitted olives sliced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 70g – 2.3 oz goat feta cheese crumbled
  • 4 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp pickled caper (kapari)
  • Dried oregano to your liking for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a deep mixing bowl. Let it sit for 10 minutes in the refrigerator
  2. Spread onto your rustic bread slices and sprinkle with some dried oregano
  3. Serve your Dakos with freshly prepared topping (two slices would be a recommended portion)
  4. The beauty is in the organic ingredients

Everyone is impressed by the taste and texture of Dakos. Especially if the ingredients are top quality, organic and fresh. Usually, when I prepare it for guests, they keep asking for more. However, this Keto version will provide satiety with 2 or maximum 3 slices. You can enjoy them as a light dinner or a great starter for a large meal, for example, the OMAD meal.

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