My friends kept telling me (those in Jordan), that this was too hard, it's much easier to buy. But back in the states, you can't get good flat bread. But I found someone who shared their recipe with me, and it's very similar to what I used to buy.
- Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl, and warm in oven on low heat.
- Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water, add remaining water and stir in salt and sugar.
- Remove about 2 cups of the flour from the bowl, set aside.
- Pour yeast liquid into centre and stir in some flour to make a thick liquid.
- Cover with a cloth and leave in warm place till frothy.
- Stir in the rest of the flour, adding oil gradually, then beat till smooth, either by hand for 10 min, or with electric mixer using dough hook for 5 min.
- Sprinkle some of the reserved flour onto a board, turn out dough and knead for 10 min, using more flour as required.
- Dough is ready when it's smooth, satiny with a slightly wrinkled texture.
- Shape dough into a ball.
- Oil bowl, put dough in smooth side down, then turn to coat with oil.
- Cover and let rise till doubled in bulk, about 1-1 1/2 hours.
- Preheat oven at 500 F (260 C).
- Punch down the dough and turn out onto lightly floured board.
- Knead for a min or so, then divide into 8 equal pieces, rolling each into a ball.
- Roll each piece into a 25 cm (10 in) round and place on a lightly floured cloth.
- Cover with another cloth and leave about 20 min.
- Heat large baking sheet or flat griddle on the lowest shelf on electric oven, in a gas oven select the section with the most even heat.
- Place a round 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 riddle with wad of paper towel dipped in oil then slide dough onto it.
- Bake in hot oven for 4-5 min till it puffs like a balloon.
- If you'd like it browned on top, turn quickly and leave for a min.
- Remove bread and wrap in cloth to keep warm and soft.
- Rep with rem loaves.
- (note) If desired, you can use an electric fry pan.
- Preheat it on the highest setting with lid on, vent closed.
- When heated, oil base quickly& slide dough onto base.
- Cover& cook for 3 min, turn bread, recover and cook another 2 min, about.
(A PAC Spring '09 review) Very good! We liked it a lot! I liked how big they were and how they puffed up very nicely. I didn't heat up my oven to 500F- I did 425F instead. I also don't have any stone to place them on in the oven so I flipped two cast iron skillet pans upside down and placed the rounds on them. Turned out great! Thanks for posting!
This bread was fantastic. I've never before seen a recipe that called for warming the flour, I used bread flour and baked the loaves on a baking stone.Thank you for publishing it!
100 % thank you