flat bread or khoubiz

"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."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins
8 loaves




  • 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.

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  1. Leahs Kitchen
    (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!
  2. genoiseie
    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!
  3. Walid Nazzal
    100 % thank you
  4. Chef melinda010100
    I have used this recipe 3 times, and each time the bread has turned out wonderfully. Thanks so much for sharing this.
  5. antilla22gmail.com
    The first time making these I had a little trouble, but the second time they turned out wonderfully! Thanks for a good flatbread recipe.


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