Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
Traditional recipe of Morocco. Time listed does not include proofing time.
- 2 (1/4 ounce) packages dry yeast
- 2 1⁄2 cups warm water (100F to 110F)
- 7 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Dissolve yeast in 2 1/2 cups warm water in a large bowl. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups and level with a knife. Stir salt into yeast mixture. Gradually stir in 7 cups flour, one cup at a time, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until dough forms a ball.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape dough into a 12-inch log. Divide dough into 3 pieces then shape each piece into a 4-inch dome-shaped loaf.
- Place loaves on a baking sheet lightly covered with flour. Dust tops lightly with 2 teaspoons flour, and lightly coat with cooking spray. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85F), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.).
- Position oven rack in lower third of oven. Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Uncover loaves, and brush each with 1 teaspoon oil. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes. It should sound hollow when tapped (bread will not brown). Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.
This makes a wonderful, dense bread - perfect for serving with soups or stews! I made half of the recipe and made 2 loaves. I used a stand mixer and ended up with a lovely dough that wasn't sticky or dry. Cooked up perfectly just as you described. Great recipe - thanks for sharing it! Made for ZWT9, The Apron String Travelers