Khoubiz (lebanese flat bread)
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Title: Khoubiz (lebanese flat bread)
Categories: Breads, Lebanese
Yield: 8 Servings
6 c Plain flour
1 pk Active dry yeast
2 c Warm water
1 1/2 ts Salt
1 ts Sugar
2 tb Oil
Makes 8 loaves Oven temperature: 260 C (500 F) Cooking time: 4-5
Sift flour into a large mixing bowl and warm in a low oven.
Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water, add remaining water and stir in
salt and sugar.
Remove about 2 cups flour from bowl and set aside. Pour yeast liquid
into centre and stir in some flour to make a thick liquid. Cover with
cloth and leave in a warm place until frothy.
Stir in rest of flour, adding oil gradually, then beat until smooth,
either by hand for 10 minutes, or on electric mixer using dough hook
for 5 minutes.
Sprinkle some of the reserved flour onto a board, turn out dough and
knead for 10 minutes, using more flour as required. Dough is ready
when it is smooth and satiny with a slightly wrinkled texture. Shape
dough into a ball.
Oil bowl, put in dough smooth side down then turn over so that top is
coated with oil. Stretch plastic wrap over bowl and leave in a warm
place to rise until almost doubled in bulk -- about 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
Punch down dough and turn out onto lightly floured board. Knead for a
minute or so, then divide into 8 equal pieces, rolling each into a
Roll each piece into a 25 cm (10 inch) round and place on a lightly
floured cloth. Cover with another cloth and leave for 20 minutes.
Heat a large baking sheet or flat griddle on the lowest shelf in an
electric oven; in a gas oven select the section of the oven with the
most heat, probably near the top.
Place a round of dough on a lightly floured baking sheet with one
flat edge or on a piece of plywood, spreading it evenly. Shake to
ensure that it will slide off easily.
Rub heated baking sheet or griddle with wad of paper towel dipped in
oil then slide dough onto it. Bake in hot oven for 4-5 minutes until
it puffs up like a balloon. If you would like it browned on top, turn
quickly and leave for a minute. Remove bread and wrap in a cloth to
keep it warm and soft. Bake remaining loaves.
To bake in an electric frypan (a good alternative if your gas oven
does not heat evenly): Preheat frypan on highest setting with metal
lid on, vent closed. When heated, oil base quickly and slide dough
onto base. Cover and cook for 3 minutes, remove lid, turn bread over,
re-cover and cook further 2 minutes.
* Source: The Complete Middle East Cookbook - by Tess Mallos * Typos
courtesy of: Karen Mintzias Converted by MMCONV vers. 1.20
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