Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ka'ak/Lebanese Flatbread/Beirut Street Food Bread

Lebanon which is offically known as Lebanese Republic is a country situated in Western Asia. With Syria, Isreal,Cyprus as its borders, this country is very rich in history and ethnic diversity. Lebanese cuisine is a Levantine style of cooking which includes grains, fruits, vegetables seafoods and meats. Lebanese well known dishes are Baba Ghanouj, Hummus, Baklava etc.Here in Paris, we have decent numbers of Lebanese restaurants and even my kids have so many Lebanese friends, obviously this cuisine is not that much unknown for me. However am yet to prepare some authentic Lebanese dishes at home. My today's post goes for Kaak, its a Beirut street food bread, which is also quite known in Palestine, Syria and Jordan. Lebanese Street vendors leaves this bread to swing from rods in the rolling street carts. This breads looks like hand bag or a large ring shape which is coated with sesame seeds.  Obviously Ka'ak, is a Middle Eastern flatbread, popular in Lebanon, often eaten as breakfast or for a snack.   From those street vendors, you can get ka’ak filled with zaatar or smeared with cheese or hummus.

Lebanese Ka'ak, Lebanese Flatbread

Lebanese cuisine boasts some enormous variety of flatbreads, you can find baked, filled, soft, stove top, seeded or crisp styles of flatbreads in this cuisine. Ka’ak calls for flat dough which is baked in a hot oven until they gets puffed and crispy with soft interior. Ka'ak can be prepared with with some delicious stuffing in it.and there’s plenty of space to add stuffing. The most common stuffing is Zaatar or Lebanese picon cheese spread.Make them as large as  you want and its quite a prefect bread to have anytime of the day. This bread is a most loved ones by the locals. Serve them warm or at room temperature, this bread is very easy to make, fun to eat and just prefect to enjoy with some Lebanese accompaniment with friends and loved ones for a get together. The original recipe called for egg wash for the topping, but i skipped it completely, apart from it i didnt changed anything in this bread..Am running a month of blogging marathon with A-Z International flatbreads, and my today's post goes for the alphabetic letter 'K', hence am posting Ka'ak from Lebanese cuisine.

Kaak, Lebanese Kaak

Recipe Source: Here
3cups All purpose flour
1cup Whole wheat flour
1tbsp Instant yeast
2tbsp Olive oil
1cup Luke warm Milk
Sesame Seeds
1tbsp Sugar
1+1/2tsp Salt

Take the flours together in a bowl with salt, sugar, instant yeast,olive oil, slowly add the luke warm milk and knead. Add some luke warm water to knead everything well.

Knead everything well until the dough turns soft and elastic.

Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, wrap it and let it for 2hours until they double their volume.

Punch the dough and drop on your work surface, knead for a while.

Put it back again into a greased bowl for second rise and let it sit again for an hour.

Lightly flour your work surface, remove the dough, punch the dough and divide the dough as 4 equal balls.

Ka'ak Flatbread, Lebanese Ka'ak

Roll the dough as tear shaped circle, using a cookie cutter or a saucer plate cut out a circle on top to form a handle.

Place the shaped breads on lined baking tray, loosely cover with kitchen towels and let it sit for half an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350F, brush the top of the breads with water, sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake for 20-25minutes until the crust turns golden brown.

Allow the breads to cool down on cooling rack.

Enjoy with your favourite spreads.

Ka'ak Lebanese Flatbread

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vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

Wow ! Handbag shaped bread looks so cute as well as pretty . It has puffed up beautifully and what I need is some hummus now ! Excellent pick .

Sowmya :) said... Reply To This Comment

That is such a cute looking bread. I have been drooling over it since I saw it on FB yesterday! Bookmarking this to try asap!

Harini R said... Reply To This Comment

Wow! I can imagine stuffing this bread with hummus and falafel and salad the purse design makes it easy to keep things together I guess.

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

That is a beautiful bread Priya. I have tried some Lebanese dishes and loved them a lot. I need to try this bread whenever I get a chance..

Jaleela Kamal said... Reply To This Comment

Hand bag flat bread semmaa super

code2cook said... Reply To This Comment

wow thats amazing. you are really a great baker by now. This kaak bread looks so adorable to me. I feel like keeping it with me instead of eating. Seriously such a stunning look it has. well done Priya.

cookwithrenu said... Reply To This Comment

Love this purse shaped bread, on my to do list. You have baked it so nicely, love the golden colour of the bread.

Mayuri Patel said... Reply To This Comment

Handbag Priya, you've nailed it! Its still on my to try list, all forgotten. The bread looks soft and really cute.

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

Oh my this is a beautifully done bread Priya. You are a pro at baking and nothing is ever hard. I love how the final baked bread looks..Ka’ak sounds so exotic too..:)

Ritu tangri said... Reply To This Comment

This is a cute looking bread Priya. My daughter would love to see this bread and Ithink I should make it asap to make her happy. Thanks for sharing :)

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said... Reply To This Comment

That is such a beautiful bread and I thoroughly enjoyed shaping it. Also the texture of the bread was so good. Looks perfect Priya!

preeti garg said... Reply To This Comment

Love the shape just like a holder or handbag .. so beautiful

Padmajha said... Reply To This Comment

I have seen this bread in some blogs and you have done justice to the recipe! Such a beautiful bread Priya and you have made it perfectly!