20211012 100% whole-grain (wheat+rye+quinoa) Lebanese paper-thin bread with CLAS
Traditionally, to make paper-thin bread (khobz marquq), Lebanese bakers thinly stretch the dough on a bread pillow and cook it on a heated convex metal disc (saj). I have neither device, so I rolled the dough out as thin as possible and baked it in the oven.
I converted Ms. Barbara Abdeni Massaad's formula in her book "Man'oushé, Inside the Lebanese Street Corner Bakery" to include CLAS and quinoa (bulgar used in the original recipe).
There are two ingredients in the recipe that I rarely use: anise seeds (whole and ground) and ground mahlab. I did not know what to expect in taste, but it was surprisingly mellow. The licorice-sweet aftertaste and the overall savory, rounded flavor kept me coming back for more.
This time, only the pie's edge turned out crisp, and the middle was still soft and slightly chewy. I will adjust the oven temperature and baking time, and maybe the hydration, in my next bake to make it more crispy overall.
10% whole rye CLAS
90% fresh white whole wheat, ground by Vitamix
0.3% dry yeast
4% vegetable oil
1.9% whole anise seeds
0.7% ground anise seeds
0.9% ground mahlab
40% cooked quinoa (Zojirushi rice cooker programmed semi-brown function)
DT 31C/87.8F –ish
By Zojirushi bread machine
A. above x 10 mins
B. and C. in the next 10-ish mins
DT 33C/91.4F –ish x 150 mins
Room temp ~ DT 28C/82.4F –ish x 60 mins
550F x 2.5 mins, middle rack
The mahlab was quite expensive - $5 for 1.5 oz!
Precooked quinoa using a rice cooker.
Mixed in Zo.
Improvised a bread pillow...
but ended up just rolling the dough out as this way is much easier.
I don't think I can roll it any thinner than this.
I like to make my own Za'tar mix to include more sesame and tart sumac.
Then mix with lots of olive oil.
A Za'tar pie is a must in addition to the plain one.
I've started growing thyme, but I wonder if it's the same type that they use in making the Za'tar.
I kept eating ...
and eating.... My usual main course became the dessert today for a change.