( A Symbolic ARMENIAN Bread )
” LET’S EAT BREAD ”
The secret behind this recipe is simply good kneading and proofing of the dough.
500 g bread flour
350 g warm water
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1 tablespoons salt
3 tablespoons extra virgin Olive Oil
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.
In a bowl, pour warm water, add all dry ingredients and knead the dough about 20 minutes.
Cover the dough with a clean towel and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.
Moisten your hands with water, punch the dough lightly and stretch and fold four times. Then cover it again and leave it in a warm place for another 30 minutes.
Divide the dough into 2 equal parts.
On a large open pan, pour the olive oil and stretch open the dough (one at a time) into an oval shape – making sure both sides are covered with oil.
Let is sit for another 15 – 20 minutes.
Fold all along the rim of the oval breads and wrap them gently/tuck them in.
With a fork or a knife (or finger if you wish to try) , gently give the appropriate design of a plowed field.
5 to 6 lines length-wise and 3 to 4 lines crosswise.
Place the Matnakash on a clean baking sheet and bake them in the pre-heated oven until golden brown (about 20 minutes).
Makes 2 Matnakash Bread