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Lavash

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Lavash is a crisp Armenian flatbread that is good with any food and lends itself especially well to dips and soft cheese. Break off pieces of the crisp bread and pile them into a basket. Soft lavash is also good as wrap-around bread for such fillings as hummus, cheese, and kebabs. To soften, hold the lavash briefly under running water to wet both sides. Shake off the water, then wrap in a towel for a half hour or so.

4 lavash

Cooking Methodbaking

CostInexpensive

Total Timeunder 4 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCocktail Party, game day

Dietary Considerationegg-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Type of Dishbread, flatbreads, yeast bread

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 1¼ cups lukewarm water
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4-4½ cups unbleached white flour

Instructions

  1. Place the yeast and water in a dishpan or large mixing bowl and stir with a wooden spoon. Add the oil, salt, sugar, and 2 cups of the flour, and beat with the spoon for a minute or two until well blended.

  2. Add 2 more cups of flour, then squeeze the mixture with your hands until the flour disappears. If it is too wet to pick up, add a little more flour. As soon as you can handle the dough, begin to knead directly in the bowl (or on a floured board), adding more flour as necessary. Knead for about 5 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Shape into a ball.

  3. Spread a little oil on the bottom and sides of the bowl. Add the ball of dough, then turn it over, oiled side up. Cover and set in a warm place for about an hour, or until the dough doubles in bulk.

  4. Punch down the risen dough and cut it into 4 equal pieces. On a floured board, roll out 2 pieces into 10-x-14- inch rectangles (or 13-inch circles). Place them on two large ungreased baking sheets. Prick the top of the dough all over with a fork. (Unless you have two ovens, you will have to bake this bread in two batches. Once the first batch is baked, roll out the remaining 2 pieces of dough and repeat the steps.)

  5. Place in a preheated 400°F oven and bake about 20 to 30 minutes, or until the surface of the lavash becomes bubbly and crisp, and the bottom is brown (you can peek with the help of a spatula). If the top isn’t very crisp, slide the pan under the broiler for just a few seconds. When doing this, keep the broiler door open, the potholder handy, and watch; lavash can turn black in a flash.

  6. Cool the lavash on a wire rack. When thoroughly cool, break into pieces and store in an airtight container, where it will keep for a few weeks.

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