300 g warm water (1 1/4 cups)
6 g sugar or honey (1 tsp)
6 g dry yeast (1 tsp)
385 g whole wheat flour (2 3/4 cups)
8 g salt (1 tsp)
cracked wheat or whole wheat flour for dusting
I've recently been exploring breads of the world and came across lots of great information about the origin of fermented starters (sourdough) and leavened breads. I decided to try out a recipe for Aish Baladi, one of the most commonly baked breads of Egypt. "Baladi" means traditional or country and while the standard word for bread in Arabic countries is “khubz” (or a variation thereof) "Aish" means life. In Egypt, bread is life. That resonates with me.
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Jean E. Pendziwol
I live on the north shore of Lake Superior where I write books for kids and adults. I express love and care through food. Since I'm unable to feed friends and family during this period of COVID-19 isolation, I thought I would share some of my favourite recipes instead. Hope you enjoy!