Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Bazlama Bread

This is a traditkional homemade type of bread in Turkey which is very similar to "naan". I halved the recipe and put into the bread machine to mix and rise. I then took out to shape.

1/4 cup dry yeast
3 3/4 cups warm water
1 tablespoon slat
7 to 8 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl mix the yeast, 3/4 cup warm water, and salt. Work ingredients together with your hand to blend. Add another cup warm water and continue working. Add 7 cups of flour and an additional 2 cups of warm water and continue to blend everything together, kneading with your hands. If desired, knead the dough on a lightly floured surface. If additional flour is needed add it. Shape dough into a large ball and wrap in plastic wrap.

Place dough in arm area until double in bulk.

separate into 8 balls , cover each one with plastic wrap and let rest on lightly floured surface 10 to 15 minutes. Roll each ball into a 9-inch circle, rolling in all directions until the circle is about 1/4 inch thick.

Heat a heavy 12-inch skillet over high heat (no oil or butter is needed) and after it has heated for 5 minutes place one of the rolled circles into the pan. After a minute or two turn the dough over. It will begin to blow up like a balloon. Turn two more times. Bread is done when puffed and very lightly browned, with golden brown spots. Remove bread from skillet and place on paper towel. Repeat with remaining balls of dough.

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