Barbari Bread - Nan-E Barbari

Recipe by Molly53
READY IN: 6hrs 12mins




  • Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water.
  • Add sugar and set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Pour yeast mixture in large bowl or food processor, add remaining warm water, and salt--mix well.
  • Gradually add flour while stirring constantly.
  • After flour has been added, knead by hand, adding more of the flour if needed until the dough is not sticky.
  • Pour oil in a large bowl and place dough in bowl.
  • Cover with a clean damp towel and let rise 4 hours in warm, dark place without moving.
  • Punch air out while dough is in the bowl.
  • Flip dough over and return to bowl.
  • Cover with new damp towel and allow to rise until double.
  • Place cookie sheet in center of oven and preheat to 500°F.
  • Divide dough into 11 parts, each piece about 5 inches in diameter.
  • Dust a tray with corn meal and place loaves on tray.
  • With damp hands, press fingertips into each loaf, then sprinkle tops with sesame seeds.
  • Put loaves on the cookie sheet, corn meal side down, and bake sesame side up for 8 minutes in oven.
  • Turn bread over and bake corn meal side up for 4 minutes in closed oven.
  • Remove loaves from oven.
  • Cover with clean towel, serve hot or wrap in foil and freeze (toast before serving.).