I tasted Laffa Bread for the first time while visiting my sister over the holidays and it was bread-love at first bite. Chewy and elastic, laffa bread reminds me of both naan and pita bread, with a better flavor and chew. It is amazing to me that we are able to bake so many different breads, crackers, tortillas, and more, using the same basic ingredients.
The grilling method used for cooking this bread gives it a unique flavor. Laffa bread is typically served with Middle Eastern foods and flavors, although, I’d happily eat this on its own or with just about anything. We served our laffa bread with hummus as it was coming off the hot pan and then piled on some awesome toppings flatbread-style. (recipe for that will be coming next week!) My boys slathered peanut butter on the leftover pieces and devoured them in an instant.
- 7 cups bread flour plus an additional 1/2 cup as needed
- 1 package dry rapid rise yeast
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 cups warm water
- Combine the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the oil and water and mix with a dough hook until the dough is very smooth and elastic. If you'd rather mix by hand, stir until well combined and then turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
- Place the dough in an oiled mixing bowl and loosely cover with plastic wrap and a lightly cover everything with a tea towel. Set the bowl in a warm corner to rise. When the dough has doubled or more in size (this took about an hour), punch the dough down and divide into 10-12 balls. Place the dough balls on an oiled cookie sheet and cover with a damp tea towel. Let them rest for 10-15 minutes. (This will make them easier to roll out.)
- Preheat a grill pan to medium. Oil a wooden work surface and use your hands to flatten a dough ball against it. Roll it out to about 1/8"-1/4" thickness using your hands or a rolling pin. Place the laffa on the hot grill surface. When the bread begins to puff up and the side touching the grill has grill marks, flip it over. (This only took about 2 minutes on the first side and 60-90 seconds on the other.)
- Place the finished stack of laffa bread in between tea towels to stay warm. Leftover laffa bread can be cooled completely and stored in an airtight bag. Enjoy!
This recipe makes about 12 servings, feel free to divide it in half after the first rise and freeze the extra in a heavy Ziploc bag. When ready to use, thaw completely and then separate into individual balls for the last rise.
Don't worry about the shape as you roll the bread out. How it looks really doesn't matter. Just aim for a relatively even and flat surface.
I used the dough hook on my Kitchenaid to make this bread, but you can also knead it by hand. I've provided directions for both methods.