Saturday, June 7, 2014

Lebanese arabic bread

1 pack Yiest (16 gr)
1/3 cup Water (lukewarm)
2 Tbsp Sugar
3 cup Flour (all purpose)
1 cup Water (lukewarm)
1 Tsp Salt

Mix together yiest, sugar and 1/3 cup of water. Cover and let rise.

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. 
Knead together for 10 min. Add as much flour as needed.

Make a ball, cut X on the top, cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 1-3 hrs.

Pre-heat oven at maximum temperature.

Divide dough into balls (8) and flatten them. Place on tray and let raise for 10-15 min.

Bake during 3-8 min until puffed,

No-knead bread! (Masterchef Australia)

No-knead bread
Watching Australia's Masterchef for hours on end has its benefits.. eventually you learn to do something! :D

Being a petite baker (and not having a kitchenaid..) means that kneading bread is one of those things equivalent to 2 weekly workouts.. (same as the exaustion of changin the bed sheets.. I will never understand why I end up out of breath..) :(

So anyway, when I saw this recipe not needing kneading I was more than thilled!! Crunchy cookie-like bread with soft (not heavy) center! A bread after my own heart Lol So I immediately googled & tried the recipe. I have done this bread twice, and used the dough over 2 days each time (as it yields 10 of these breads more or less)..

My mum on the other hand tried this recipe and failed.. I think her active-dry yiest was provably dead..(so don't trust her.. she's pretty disastrous with cooking - except for crepes & flans). just make sure the active yiest that you use is "alive" :P

On floured air-baking tray

- 1 kg Flour (all purpose)
- 1 Tbsp Yiest (active dry)
- 1 Tbsp Salt
- 950 ml Water (lukewarm)

Place in a bowl flour, yiest and salt. Mix.
Add in the water and combine.

Cover and place in the fridge overnight.
Pre-heat oven at 220 C. Line tray with baking paper, generously sprinkle with flour.

Remove dough from the fridge and let come to room temperature for 15 min. Separate a dollop and place onto tray. 

In the oven

Bake for 40 min or until outside is golden brown, and sounds empty upon tapping.
This bread is really good with butter & jam. Or you can just add some dried rosemary and olives in the dough before letting is rest to change the flavors a bit :)
No-bake bread (center cut)

Shish Tawouk (Lebanese garlic chicken)

1 kg Chicken
1 cup Lemon juice
15 cloves Garlic
6 Tbsp Yogurt plain
6 Tbsp Olive oil
2 Tbsp Vinegar
1 1/2 tsp White pepper
1/2 tsp Ginger
1/2 tsp Thyme
1/2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Salt
1/2 to 1 tsp Tomato paste

Cut chicken in desired pieces.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, then mix in chicken and let marinate for at least 4 hrs.

Place on grill and cook.