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It is Simple to Make this Soft Laffa Bread Recipe

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Eilana Tal – @eilanatal
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And a good laffa bread recipe opens up a world of delicious possibilities.
Prep Time :10 minutes
Rising time :2 hours
Servings: 14

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 2.2 pounds/1 kilogram flour
  • 2 tablespoons/24 grams active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup/120 grams oil
  • cups/360 milliliters lukewarm water

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine all the ingredients (other than the water) in a stand mixer bowl. Start mixing while gradually adding the water. Process into a slightly sticky dough, grease with oil, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let it rise for an hour.
  • Transfer the dough to a flour-dusted surface and divide it into 14 balls. Dust them with flour and let them rest for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Roll each ball into a ½” thin circle and place it on a floured and clean surface. For the final rise, you can stack the laffas into three piles: Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the first laffa and stack four more in the same way. Now, let the laffas rise for 15 minutes.
  • Heat a large pan over medium-low heat without oil. Cook on one side for about 2-3 minutes or until the dough is slightly puffed. Flip for another 1-2 minutes or until the dough is fully cooked. Wrap the laffas in a clean towel so that they stay soft and fresh. Stuff these laffas with anything you love!

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laffa bread recipe
Credit: Eilana Tal

Can you freeze laffa bread?

Freezing laffa bread is a convenient way to extend its freshness. Once the bread is prepared and cooled, you can wrap individual pieces or the whole batch in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Place them in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag before storing in the freezer. Laffa bread freezes well and can be stored for up to three months. To thaw, simply leave it at room temperature or warm it in the oven for a few minutes.

What is the difference between this laffa bread recipe and a pita bread recipe?

While both laffa bread recipes and pita bread recipes share similarities, they differ in the texture they are meant to create and their preparation process. Laffa is larger, thinner, and typically softer than pita. The laffa bread recipe often includes oil, resulting in a more pliable and slightly chewy texture. On the other hand, pita bread is pocket-like and has a lighter, fluffier consistency. Pita dough usually includes less fat, making it puff up and create a hollow center during baking. While both are versatile for wraps or dipping, the choice between laffa and pita depends on personal preference for thickness, chewiness, and regional culinary traditions.

What can you eat with this laffa bread?

The versatility of this laffa bread recipe makes it a delightful accompaniment to a variety of dishes. Pair it with classic Middle Eastern fare like hummus, falafel, or baba ganoush for a delicious and authentic experience. Its soft and chewy texture also makes it perfect for wrapping around grilled meats, veggies, and fresh herbs, creating flavorful sandwiches or wraps. Additionally, laffa bread complements Mediterranean salads, providing a satisfying base for scooping up the vibrant flavors. For a sweet treat, spread Nutella or honey on laffa, or enjoy it with fresh fruit.

Why is my laffa bread so hard?

Several factors may contribute to the hardness of your laffa bread. Overmixing the dough or using too much flour can result in a tough texture. Ensure that the dough is kneaded just enough for it to come together and rise properly. Overbaking is another common culprit – monitor the cooking time closely to prevent excessive hardness. Additionally, inadequate resting or rising time might not allow the gluten to relax, causing a dense texture. Experiment with adjusting these elements in your laffa bread recipe, including the resting and rising durations, to achieve the desired softness and prevent the bread from becoming overly hard.

laffa bread recipe
Credit: Eilana Tal

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