Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Akkawi Manakeesh: Arabic Flat Bread with Nigella Seeds

Every country has a form of pizza or flat bread and this one is popular in Saudi Arabia.
 Make the dough by combining 1-1/4 C. water, 1 tsp. rapid rise yeast, 3-1/2 C. flour, 1 tsp. salt, 1T. sugar and 1 T. olive oil.  Knead until you have a smooth ball of dough, cover and let rise for 1 hour.  Divide the dough into 3 balls and roll each one out to roughly 10 inches.  Drizzle with some olive oil.

 Sprinkle with Akkawi cheese.  I have not had a chance to go out and look for it yet but a good substitution is to use muenster cheese sprinkled with a bit of feta.

 Sprinkle liberally with nigella seeds.  These are also known as black caraway and have a very distinct flavor that makes this bread special.

 Bake it at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes.

The edges should be golden and the cheese should just be turning brown in several places.  Eat straight from the oven.