I really like the simplicity and the characteristic of this Lebanese and Syrian favorite breakfast bread. I found the recipe from my book "Saha", and has been making it pretty often. Although I don't really eat it for breakfast, as you can imagine making this in the morning during the week. But, I think I will try to make this on the weekend. Who wouldn't want chewy, soft, deliciously pleasant taste from exotic herb called za'atar for weekend breakfast?
This bread is not difficult to make at home, only take couple of minutes to mix the dough, and wait until its risen. Once the dough is risen, it is practically quick to bake directly in the hot baking stone (only take about three minutes), and quickly disappear as well, so quick, you wish you double the recipe. So, today, I am sharing the recipe of my favorite manoushi bread with Joanne, I hope she'll be happy with this Middle Eastern Bread that I send for her Regional Recipe (Middle Eastern) event! And also to Susan for yeast spotting event!
Recipe adapted from "SAHA", written by Greg and Lucy Malouf.
355 grams (2⅓ cups) flour
1 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
¾ to 1 cup (175 - 200 ml) warm water
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
extra virgin olive oil
- Put flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a mixer bowl, add warm water, and olive oil, mix on low for 1 minutes to incorporate the ingredients. Increase the speed to medium low (speed # 2 on Kitchenaid mixer), continue mixing for 3 to 5 minutes until the dough is elastic.
- Transfer the dough into lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic, let it rest for 2 hours.
- Place the baking stone inside the oven on a lowest rack, then preheat oven to 450⁰F.
- Flip the dough over on a lightly floured counter top, divide into 12 portions. Lightly flour each of them. When the oven is ready, roll each of them out to about 6 inches (15 cm) circle. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon za'atar, and ½ teaspoon sumac (or as much or as little as you prefer) into each dough, drizzle with olive oil. Slide into the oven, and bake directly on top the hot stone for 3 minutes. Absolutely delicious serve hot right from the oven!!!