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Ka’ak – Lebanese Sesame Topped Bread
A handbag or purse shaped sesame topped flat bread from Lebanon. Popular street food generally eaten with Za’atar or local cheese.
Servings Prep Time
6Breads 30minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15minutes 3hours
Servings Prep Time
6Breads 30minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15minutes 3hours
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Put all the ingredients listed upto and including the flours in a large bowl (or food processor bowl). Make sure your yeast is active. Mix together. Add 1/2 cup water and as much more of it as required and knead the dough until it is soft, elastic but not sticky.
  2. Shape it into a ball and place it in an oiled bowl, turning it to coat well with the oil. Cover loosely and let it rise till double in volume – about 1 1/2 hours. Knead lightly and let it rest in the same bowl for another hour or so till double in volume.
  3. Then lightly flatten the dough and divide it into 6 or 8 pieces. 8 will give you smaller Ka’ak. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece of dough into an approximately 1/2″ thick round. If using 6 pieces of dough roll out to about 7” in diameter. If using 8, then roll out to about 5” in diameter. Using a small round cookie cutter cut out a hole away from the centre towards the edge but not too close to it. Stretch it slightly (not too much or the dough will become too thin) to give it a more rustic look, if you would prefer. Place on a lined, floured or lightly greased baking sheet.
  4. Repeat with remaining dough. You can bake the cut out rounds of dough as they are. Let the shaped dough rise till a bit puffy, for about 30 to 40 minutes. Brush the top with a mixture of milk and corn starch (or egg wash) and sprinkle generously with sesame seeds.
  5. Preheat your oven to 220C (430F) with a baking stone or an inverted baking tray inside. Bake the breads for about 10 to 15 minutes till puffed and golden brown. Let them cool a bit before digging in.
  6. There was a suggestion that these breads would benefit from a bit of steam in your oven (ice cubes or boiling water in a heated pan) but I didn’t use it.