Arabic Flatbread

Flatbread is incredibly tasty fresh and plain, but even tastier when it has sesame seeds or za'atar on top. Even though we often call pita with za'atar pita bread, this is often misconstrued by English speakers. Pita is any kind of flatbread, and not just the pocket bread that is called pita here in the US. This recipe shows you how to make a thick flatbread more akin to focaccia, and this is what is used to make a delicious snack bread with any variety of toppings.

Arabic Flatbread

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • 2

    cups flour (~200g)

  • 150

    mL lukewarm water

  • 60

    mL (¼ cup) olive oil + more for topping

  • teaspoon of sugar

  • 1

    packet of active dry yeast

  • Spices: 1 teaspoon salt, sesame seeds

Directions

1. First, mix the yeast in with the warm water and sugar. Let it stand for 5–10 minutes . In a large bowl mix the flour, salt and oil. Add the yeast mixture when it starts to foam and mix well. The dough will be a little sticky and you should knead it until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Remove to a warm place to rise for one hour, or until it doubles in size. 2. Punch down the dough and knead it again for a couple of minutes. On a floured work surface, roll the dough into a cylinder shape and divide into about 6 balls. Roll out each ball into a disc shape; cover and let rise again for 30 minutes. Your bread dough is now ready and all you have to do is add the toppings. I pour generous amounts of olive oil and sprinkle on za'atar on top. 3. To bake, place the dough in a hot oven (500ºF) for about 5–6 minutes, or until the corners turn brown. Ideally this should be done in a clay oven or on a pizza stone in your regular oven. Pull it out and eat it hot! These make great snacks for the kids. Mmmm... Oven Tips: When baking bread, it's often all about the oven! This recipe is no exception. In Israel the bread is baked in a huge clay oven, often wood-fired or with something akin to a flame-thrower. The point is that it's about 1000ºF. You won't achieve this in your home oven, but you can approximate as best you can by baking at 500ºF and cooking directly on a pizza stone placed on the lowest rack of your oven.


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