Monday, March 17, 2008

Syrian Bread

5lbs All purpose flour
3 envelopes yeast..( i use highly active)
1c sugar
2T salt
6-8 C warm water ( start with 6 and add slowly 1/4 c at a time if dough seems too dry)
1/3c vegetable oil

Mix flour, sugar, and salt together in LARGE bowl! lol Disolve yeast in about 1/2 c of the warm water, then add to rest of the water. Then slowly add to flour mixture. Mix well but don't play with it too much. Cover and put in warm place for 3 hours. Grease pans liberally with oil ( i use 12inch disposable pizza pans, WM sells then 3 for $1.88) If you have Bakers Joy, spray hands with that if not, put soe flour a bowl and dust your hands with it. Grab a fistfull of dough and drop onto pan. you should have roughly 10 fistfulls of dough. They should be around 6ish inches across, some more some less. They wont be perfect. Put those to rise for an hour.

Preheat over to 400 with one rack on bottom and one in middle. Put 1 or 2 pans on bottom rack ( depends on size of oven) for 10 minutes, when ten minutes is up, move those to middle rack and put new ones on bottom 10 more minutes take first ones out and rub down with stick of butter while still hot. Repeat process till all loaves are done. It freezes well!!!

I also flour a surface well and roll out one handfull, sprinkle a cinnamon/sugar mixture over the entire thing, then roll it us and slice it like cinnamon rolls, then place in pan and sprinkle again with mixture, make cream cheese icing for top...YUMMY!!

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