Moroccan Bread

Recipe by Sackville
READY IN: 3hrs




  • Soften the yeast in 1 tbsp sugared lukewarm water.
  • Let stand a few minutes, then stir and set in a warm place until the yeast froths up.
  • Meanwhile, mix the flours and salt together.
  • Stir the yeast into the flour, then add the milk and enough lukewarm water to form a stiff dough.
  • The amount of water you need will depend on your particular flour but I need about a cup.
  • Add no more than 1/4 cup water at a time until you can see the dough coming together.
  • To knead by hand, turn the dough out onto a board and knead hard, adding water if necessary.
  • Knead for 10-15 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  • I prefer to use an electric beater with a dough hook and this takes 7-8 minutes at a slow speed.
  • Towards the end, add the spices.
  • Split into two balls and let stand 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, lightly grease a mixing bowl.
  • Transfer the first ball of dough into the greased bowl and form a cone shape by holding the dough in one hand and rotating it against the side of the bowl.
  • Turn out onto a baking sheet that has been sprinkled with cornmeal.
  • Flatten the cone with the palm of your hand to make a disc that is about 5-6 inches across and slightly raised in the centre.
  • Repeat with the second dough ball.
  • Cover with a damp towel and let rise.
  • Paula says to let it rise 2 hours but I found mine was done in about an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 C or 400°F.
  • Using a fork, prick the bread around the sides 3-4 times.
  • Bake on the centre shelf of the oven for 12 minutes, then lower the heat to 150 C or 300 F and bake 30-40 minutes more.
  • Remove and let cool.
  • Cut into wedges when you're ready to serve.