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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Manakeesh Four Ways

I was thinking about the Manakeesh (pronounced 'm-naeesh') bi Zatar from Sydney Road and decided that some home-made ones were in order. After mentioning this to A., we decided on M'naeesh bi Za'atar, bi Feta, bi Salami/Tomato/Jibne (cheese) and bi Zaytoun (olives).

I followed the recipe from Arabesque by Greg & Lucy Malouf and also compared it to a different one that was pretty much just flour and yoghurt. I much prefer this recipe as the dough is more pliable and the other dough tasted a little too sour for my taste.

Lebanese Bread
(based on recipe from
Arabesque by Greg & Lucy Malouf)
500g mix of plain and stoneground flour, 20g salt, 30g yeast, 20g white sugar, 1.5 cups warm water
  1. Mix yeast, sugar and water and let sit 5 min until foamy.
  2. Add this to flour & salt mixture and mix with dough hook. Knead for 5-10 min until smooth, glossy dough forms.
  3. Cover with cling wrap and leave in warm spot until dough doubles in size.
  4. Knock dough back & divide into 16 balls. Roll each out into a round ~15-20 cm in diam.
  5. Top as you like and bake at 180C for around 10 min.

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