Traditional Palestinian Bread
3 1/2 Cups of Flour
1 1/2 Cups of Warm Water
1 Tablespoon Yeast
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Pinch of salt
Za’atar (from Arabic grocery store)
Chili Sauce (amount varies according to taste)
1. Pour yeast into bowl of warm water, stir to dissolve and leave aside for about five minutes.
2. Place flour in a large bowl and create a hole at the center. Pour warm water and yeast into this hole and add vegetable oil and a pinch of salt.
3. Bring flour into the other ingredients from the outside in using a spoon or a spatula, then mix dough with your hands. Continue kneading, adding flour to the dough, only until the dough is no longer sticky.
4. Add olive oil to a bowl and transfer dough into the bowl, carving the shape of an X very lightly on the top. Then cover and set aside for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
5. In the meantime prepare the toppings. Za’atar Mix: Combine 1/2 cup of za’atar with 1/3 cup of olive oil and mix thoroughly until you have a thick consistency. The mixture should not run.
6. Onion Mix: Chop the onion, tomatoes and combine with desired amount of chili sauce. The onions should not overpower the taste of the chili sauce. Add salt and ground nutmeg. Then add desired amount of feta cheese to the mixture as well and mix in about one tablespoon of olive oil.
7. Preheat oven to about 350 degrees.
8. After the dough has risen roll it into small dough balls approximately the size of your palm.
9. On a floured surface pat the dough balls down until they are flat, at about a quarter of an inch thick.
10. Spread desired amount of topping on the dough. When all dough is topped place in the oven to bake for about 10-15 minutes. Then turn the broiler on for about 5 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool down and enjoy!
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