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Khubz is the Arabic cousin to pita.   This version is adapted from Imad’s Syrian kitchen.  It can take as little as 2 hours to make a batch, or it can take longer if the fermenting dough is put in the refrigerator for some time (which has the advantage of improving the flavor).  This will make 12 flatbreads.  I served them with hummus and spiced chicken and cauliflower.

I cooked them on a Blackstone griddle, which allowed me to cook many at a time.  The cooking phase is a good 2 person job, since one person can be rolling the dough flat while the other is cooking them.

570 g. (4-3/4 cups) bread flour

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Sugar

1 Tbs. Yeast

400 g. (1-2/3 cups) lukewarm water.

Put the flour salt and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Mix it a dough whisk.  Push the flour mixture to the side and put the yeast in the empty side.  Add the water on top of the yeast.  Stir a little of the flour into the yeast and water.  Allow to rest for 5 minutes to activate the yeast.  Stir the rest of the flour into the yeast and water until all the flour is moistened.  Cover and allow to rest (autolyse) for 15 minutes.  Using the dough hook, knead the dough on medium-low speed for about 5 minutes to form a smooth dough.  Put in a doubling container, cover and allow to ferment until doubled, about 30-60 minutes depending on the kitchen temperature.

When the dough had doubled, form it into a log on a floured work surface and cut it into 12 pieces, each of which should weigh around 80 grams.  Line a cookie sheet with a silicon mat or baking parchment.  Roll each piece into a ball and space them on the sheet.  Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 30 minutes.

Heat the Blackstone, griddle or large skillet to medium-high heat.  On a floured surface, roll each ball into a thin circle about 9 inches in diameter.  Cook on the griddle or skillet about a minute on each side.  It will puff and get browned in spots.  When cooked through, remove to a cookie sheet lined with a kitchen towel to keep them warm.  Do not over-bake since they should stay pliable.


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