This recipe combo was found more or less intact in the 2002 cookbook, Mediterranean Street Food. Preparation time does not include time needed for dough to rise.
FOR THE DOUGH
- 1⁄2 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1⁄2 cup warm water, divided
- 1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
FOR THE TOPPING
- 2 tablespoons powdered thyme
- 1 tablespoon sumac
- 3⁄4 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1 dash salt, to taste
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil (actually "just under 1/2 cup")
- 1 small onion, finely chopped (optional)
- FOR THE DOUGH: In a small container stir together yeast & 1/4 cup warm water, then set asde for 5-10 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour & salt, then make a well in the center & pour in the oil.
- Work in the oil with your fingertips until completely absorbed, then add the yeast water & knead with your hands for several minutes.
- Gradually add another 1/4 cup warm water & knead until dough is smooth & elastic, then form into a ball, cover with a damp cloth & leave in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
- FOR THE TOPPING: In a skillet over medium heat, combine thyme, sumac & sesame seeds, stirring continuously until the aroma rises & the mixture is slightly toasted. Salt to taste & set aside to cool slightly.
- In a small bowl, mix together all the topping ingredients.
- Divide the dough into 4 equal portions & roll each into a ball.
- Dip the first ball of dough in flour on all sides, then shake off the excess before rolling it into a thin disk about 1/8-inch thick.
- Make a few dimples across the flat dough, pressing hard with the tips of your fingers (done to stop oil in the topping from running out during cooking), then spread a quarter of the topping over the disk of dough.
- Place a nonstick skillet over medium heat & cook the dough in the skillet, topping side up, for 3-5 minutes or until bottom is crisp & lightly golden.
- Repeat the procedure to make the rest of the breads.
- Serve hot or warm, either plain or with some yogurt or . . .