I promised I’d be back with another world series recipe and I don’t break my promises! This time we’ve traveled far to Kuwait in the Middle East to make some tasty (and simple) flatbreads with a simple side dish to go with it. Khubz is actually popular all over the Middle East and is just the Arabic word for bread but this one refers to a pita/flatbread that can be dipped into curries or sliced open and filled with great things. I also read that pitas and flatbreads as everyday foods in the Middle East have dated back as far as 14,000 years ago, so this bread has had a lot of time to be loved by a lot of people, now it’s our turn.
- In a small bowl pour in the water and scatter over the yeast, let this sit and activate for around 5 mins until you start to see bubbles forming.
- Now, add in your salt and sugar then stir everything together with a wooden spoon until you have a cloudy mixture.
- Tip in half of the bread flour and mix until you have a soft dough, keep adding the flour in small increments until you have a dough ball that is smooth and elastic but not sticky.
- Grease a small bowl with half the olive oil then pop your dough ball in, cover the bowl with a tea towel and let this rise somewhere warm for 90 mins.
- Once risen, punch the air out of the dough, tip it out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 2 even balls.
- Leave these spaced about 2 cm apart, cover with a tea towel and leave to rest for another 15 mins. Preheat the oven 190C/ 170 Fan/ Gas Mark 5.
- Once rested, dust with flour and roll each one out into a 6-inch oval and transfer to a non-stick baking tray. Bake the khubz for 10-12 mins until golden and puffy.
- Whilst our bread bakes we’ll make a small side dish! In a frying pan add the rest of the olive oil and let it warm through on medium heat for a couple of mins. Add in the onion and let this cook for 5 mins until translucent then add in the mushroom and spinach and cook this all together with a little salt and pepper for a further 3-4 mins until the mushrooms have softened and the spinach has slightly wilted.
- Take the khubz out of the oven, spoon over your mushroom and onion then dig in!