We are at the final week of the mega BM. For the first day, it is a baked bread from Palestine. Taboon bread or Laffa, is a yeast based dough baked in a special oven called taboon. Palestinians use taboon to bake breads and cook. The oven is built below the ground and is covered with pebbles which retains heat and makes some amazing breads. Also known as Iraqui Pita bread, this is a famous street food. You get it rolled, filled with hummus, falafel and meat. This is the base bread for Manakish zaatar where, olive oil and zaatar spice are applied on the dough and baked.
Usually the bread is made as a huge circle. But as I was baking in my oven, I made it to fit the tray I have. If you can get your hands at pebbles, then line the tray with pebbles, heat the oven along with them and bake the bread on the pebbles. It will give you an almost authentic taboon bread. As I didn’t have any pebble at home, I preheated my oven along with the tray so that it was sizzling hot when I placed the shaped bread on it. The colour of the bread turned out awesome and the crusty bread was amazing. My daughter loved it so much. As you have seen in my previous posts, she doesn’t need any accompaniment for the breads I bake. She loves them as a snack and is so happy when I bake her crusty breads.
Makes 2 Breads
All Purpose Flour/ Maida – 1 cup + 1/4 cup
Sugar – 1 tsp
Instant Yeast – 3/4 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Water – 1/4 cup + 1/2 cup
In a bowl mix together 1/4 cup of flour, sugar, salt and instant yeast.
Add 1/4 cup of water and make a smooth thick batter.
Cover and set aside for 15 minutes until bubbly.
Add the remaining flour and mix well.
Add water to make the dough sticky and soft.
Cover and set aside for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 250°C along with the baking tray.
Dust the dough with flour and divide it into two equal portions.
Rest the dough for 10 minutes.
Pat the dough into a slightly thin disc on a board.
Tilt the board so that the disc falls into the hot tray.
Bake for 4-5 minutes or until the top is browned.
Serve it hot out of oven.