Melissa's Cuisine: Man'ooshe Lebanese Flatbread

Monday, June 18, 2012

Man'ooshe Lebanese Flatbread

Each month, I eagerly look forward to finding out which blog I am assigned to for The Secret Recipe Club.  This month was no exception.  I was assigned to Simply.Food, described as "a vegetarian kitchen dedicated to "simple" home cooking".

Secret Recipe Club

I'll admit, at first I was a little intimidated by the thought of a vegetarian blog, especially since Mike and I do eat meat.  As I browsed through the vast collection of recipes, I was still a bit intimidated because the majority of Nayna's recipes are Indian and contain quite a few ingredients that I am not familiar with.  However, I pushed my initial intimidation aside and decided to branch out and try something I might not have attempted otherwise.

I made my usual list of recipes that looked delicious.  When it came time to narrow down my list, I was drawn to the recipe for Man'ooshe Lebanese Flatbread.  This flatbread is widely available in Lebanon and is often topped with a spread called Za'tar, vegetables, salads, or it can be used as a base for a pizza.  With options like that, I simply couldn't resist trying it!

I found the flatbread to be quite simple to make.  I choose to make mine slightly larger that Nayna's recipe, so I ended up with 8 flatbreads.  I think mine were the perfect size though!  I served my flatbread for dinner the other night.  My friends and husband absolutely loved it.  I'll be sharing the recipes I used to fill the flatbread later this week.
Man'ooshe Lebanese Flatbread

Makes 8

You will need:
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon quick yeast
1 cup hot water (100-110 degrees)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic paste

1. In a large bowl combine the flour,salt, yeast and sugar.

2. Add the water a little at a time and mix to make a dough that is soft and pliable.

3.Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for 2-3 minutes gradually adding the oil until it is combined and a soft dough is formed.

4. Return the dough to the bowl and cover with a clean towel.  Set it aside in a warm place to rise until double, about 2-3 hours.

5. Once the dough has risen, remove it from the bowl and place it on a floured surface.

6.  Add the garlic paste and  knead again for 2-3 minutes.

7. Dive the dough into 8 pieces and roll each out into a 8 inch round.  (Or as round as possible!)

8. Heat a skillet or griddle and place the flatbread on it. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then flip it and cook for 2-3 minutes more until golden brown spots appear on it.  Repeat with remaining dough.

Source:  Simply.Food


26 comments:

  1. Looking forward to seeing what you filled it wiht, the flatbreads look great!

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  2. yum! Looks like those would be perfect for my lunch to make a good turkey wrap!

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  3. Great choice for SRC! I would have made these larger like you did as well. This would be great wrapped with grilled summer veggies.

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  4. These look fantastic, and I am anxious to see what you filled them with!

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  5. Looks great!

    Though gluten free dough is notoriously sticky, I am going to try this recipe using better batter flour :-)

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  6. Thankyou for cooking from simply.food, I am so pleased the flatbreads were enjoyed by you.

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  7. Great choice for SRC - I'm looking forward to seeing how you used them in the recipes this week :)

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  8. I love flatbreads, they are so useful for many things - I'd like to give this a try!

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  9. These look great! We eat lots of Pakistani and Indian food, and usually I just buy naan, but I really should try some homemade ones!

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  10. I've never seen (or heard) or manooshe before but always up for trying something new. Great pick for SRC! Can't wait to see the fillings you tried :-)

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  11. This looks fantastic! I'm always looking for a new bread to try out. Thanks for the great idea C:

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  12. I love flat breads, but usually buy them. (I guess not anymore). I look forward to your posts on the fillings!

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  13. Oooh, I've never made flatbread, but I sure do love dipping ;)

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  14. Great SRC choice! Your flatbread looks wonderful!

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  15. This flatbread looks perfect!!! Can't wait to see the filling you used :)

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  16. Nothing better thank fresh flat bread for dinner. It goes with most anything. I should make it more often! Great SRC pick.

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  17. Sounds great! I LOVE flatbread (any bread really!!). So cool that you were able to push your culinary comfort zone a little and try something new. Thats totally what this club is all about. Awesome choice for SRC!

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  18. You did a great job with the bread, it looks amazing.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC entry: Candied Popcorn.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  19. I can remember these from my childhood, but I have never made them - something I should remedy soon :)

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  20. Bread with garlic paste! I am there. You did a great job picking a recipe for SRC!

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  21. I love libeneses food these look georgeous!

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  22. What an interesting recipe! I'll have to try this sometime. I made my own Indian Naan sometime and find it's so fun to try ethnic breads. Thanks for stopping by to share the SRC Group C love :).

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  23. Delicous and versatile. The perfect combination. Come and visit. We have some wonderful picnic food this week and be sure to visit on Friday, we are giving away flip flops.

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  24. I love Flatbread! I wonder if these would turn out using whole wheat flour? :)

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    1. Hi Athena! I have not tried this recipe with whole wheat flour, so I can't tell you for sure. I think it would work though. If you try it, please let me know the results :)

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  25. Melissa,
    This looks super yummy. I buy flat bread at Trader Joe's all the time. Now I can make my own. Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday :)

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