Manoushi bread dough

Manoushi bread dough

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From
Saha
Makes
12 rounds
Photographer
Matt Harvey

Manoushi bread is the number one snack food all around Lebanon and Syria. Essentially, it is a sort of pizza although a little bit softer and more chewy than the Italian version. Use this dough as the base for any of the toppings suggested in the following chapter. Having tested numerous bread doughs, in all sorts of ovens and on all sorts of baking sheets, the one thing we can say with certainty is that this style of Middle Eastern flat bread is immeasurably improved by baking on a hot stone. Most kitchenware stores stock them – they’re often called pizza stones. They’re not expensive, and if your family are pizza fans they’re especially well worth the investment.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
355g plain flour
1 teaspoon dried yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon sugar
175-200ml warm water
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Method

  1. Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl and add the yeast and salt. Dissolve the sugar in the warm water and dribble it into the dry ingredients until they absorb enough to make a sticky dough. How much water is required will entirely depend upon your flour. Mix in the olive oil and use your hands – or the dough hook on your electric mixer – to knead the dough until it is smooth and silky. It will take about 10 minutes. Lightly oil the ball of dough and put it into a bowl. Cover and leave in a warm place to rise for 2 hours, by which time it should have at least doubled in size.
  2. Knock the air out of the dough, then tip it out onto a floured work surface. Cut the dough into 12 portions, then lightly flour each one and put them on a tray, covered, for another 10 minutes. When ready to cook, roll each portion out to a 15 cm circle and cover with the topping of your choice.
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