Sourdough Syrian Flatbread

One of my sourdough customers (Thankyou Gary S.), inspired me to make up some Syrian flatbread. He sent me a recipe to convert from a traditional yeasted recipe. The first recipe is the converted recipe I sent back to Gary. I made up the Syrian Flatbread and the second recipe are the changes I made.

Syrian Flatbread sourdough style:

  • 1 cup starter very vigorous at 166% hydration
  • 1 & 1/2 cup + (1 Tablespoon water, leave this out for 65% dough)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tsp salt (I think 3 tsp would taste better)
  • 6 cups flour
    This is about 69% hydration

These are the changes I would make:

  • 1 cup starter very vigorous at 166% hydration
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon milk (evaporated milk or scalded and cooled milk no lowfat stuff!)
  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter or oil
  • 3 tsp salt (1 Tablespoon)
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour

Mix up the ingredients in your mixer or by hand and let autolyse. Then mix again for 3 – 5 minutes adjusting water/flour so that the dough is somewhat firm but still soft and pliable. Bulk ferment for 4 – 6 hours or until doubled. Then divide the dough into pieces, roll into balls and let rest for 5 – 10 minutes. I made a double batch and divided the dough into pieces which were 7 ounces each. After resting roll the balls into flattened pieces of dough which are about 1/4 inch thick. I rolled the dough in sesame seeds for flavor and looks. Then let the dough proof again for about two hours. In a preheated oven (500 degrees)  on a hot stone, gently stretch the dough out slightly and throw the dough onto the top of the hot stone. Bake for 4 minutes on each side. The dough puffs up into a balloon after the first 4 minutes. Serve cut in half for pita sandwiches or warm with butter. These are very delicious! These Syrian Flatbreads were about 8 inches in diameter when I was done baking them, if you want them smaller cut the dough into 4 or 5 ounce pieces. Here are the results:

Syrian Bread doughballs

rolled in sesame seeds

Syrian Flatbread

Syrian Flatbread closeup


Try some out!


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