Gozo Ftira with Tomato, Onion and Basil

Vickie Parks


Ftira is a type of sandwich bread served in Malta. This version is more typical of the Ftira that are prepared on the neighboring island of Gozo, which is served more like a pizza than a sandwich. It's called a Gozitan Open Ftira, and once served, it would most typically be folded like a calzone and eaten as a sandwich. It's easy to make, and it makes a great lunch meal.


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about 8
3 Hr 15 Min
25 Min



  • 4 cups
    bread flour
  • 1 (1/4-oz) pkg
    active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 6 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 1/3 cups
    warm water

  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 medium
    tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium
    onion, chopped
  • 4 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup
    fresh basil, chopped

How to Make Gozo Ftira with Tomato, Onion and Basil


  1. Lightly spray 2 small cookie sheets or baking trays (8x12-inch), and sprinkle a light dusting of flour on top; set baking sheet aside.
  2. Place bread flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a large bowl, and mix.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the water and oil, and stir into the dry ingredients until you have a soft dough.
  4. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes. Place dough in a bowl, cover with a clean cloth and let sit in a warm place for 3 hours. Then cover bowl with plastic wrap, and place in fridge overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  6. Cut the dough into 2 portions. Roll ount one portion on a floured surface (to slightly longer and wider than the baking sheet, as it tends to spring back once placed on the baking tray).
  7. Place dough in one of the baking trays. Brush the surface with olive oil. Distribute half of the tomatoes, onions, garlic and chopped basil on top. If you wish, you can fold the edges up a bit.
  8. Repeat with second dough portion and remaining topping ingredients.
  9. Place the baking trays in the oven and let bake for 25 minutes or until the edges of the dough are golden brown. Serve immediately.

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About Gozo Ftira with Tomato, Onion and Basil

Course/Dish: Sandwiches
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Mediterranean

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