Middle Eastern Barley Flat Bread

Egyptian Food and Recipes


Makes 8 loaves.


* 1 teaspoon active dry yeast

* 1/4 cup warm water

* 1/2 cup fat free plain yogurt at room temperature

* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

* 1 cup barley flour

* 1 cup wholewheat flour (or other whole grain)

* 1/2 teaspoon salt


Dissolve the yeast in warm water.

Stir the yogurt until smooth, then mix in the baking soda. Yogurt will froth. Combine the flours in a mixing bowl with the salt. Add the yeast liquid and the yogurt. Stir. Knead by hand for 10 minutes.

Cover the bowl with plastic film and let rise in a warm place for 1 to 1.5 hours. until doubled in bulk. Turn the dough out onto a board and knead a little. Divide into 8 equal portions, and roll into little balls.

Roll each ball into a 6" round. Cover and leave for 20 minutes. Heat a griddle or electric frypan to medium high heat. Rub pan with oil or use cooking spray. Place one round of dough in pan and then press with a folded cloth to encourage small bubbles. This prevents a pocket from forming. Cook for 1.5 minutes, then turn and cook for one minute further. Edges of breads will appear moist when cooked.

Wrap and keep warm until all rounds are cooked. Serve warm.



Last Updated: June 6th, 2011