Manakeesh Flatbread

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My family always said bread is life, on middle eastern cultures flatbread is a daily staple ussually one member of the family is in charge of baking bread usually mom, you are welcomed to buy it but, I saw this recipe in a middle eastern book and had to share it because it is a gluten free flatbread, I varied it a bit to make it my version, adding falafel mix which adds a nice texture.

Makes 12 Large Flatbread

Ingredients:

3/4 of a cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil divided into 1/2 cup (for recipe) and 1/4 cup for greasing

4 cups of gluten free flour mix

4 large egg whites beaten

1 teaspoon of sugar

2 teaspoons of active dry yeast

2 teaspoons of sea salt

1 cup of almond flour

2 tablespoon of falafel mix

Preparation:

In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar and yeast in 1/2 cup of warn water and set aside for 5 min.

In a stand up mixer fitted with a dough hook add the flours, egg whites, salt and falafel mix, and 1/2 cup of Olive oil, and add the yeast mixture and mix for 5 min. Let it stand for 5 min to allow for the falafel to expand, if too wet add a bit more flour.

Rise the Dough

Dough should be springy, place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover to rise. Let it rise for 1 hr.

Preheat oven 350F

Shape them:

Lightly oil your hands and divide dough into 12 equal size balls

Let the rest for 15 min

Sprinkle your work area with gluten free flour and flatten them with a rolling pin until shaped into a round flatbread

Bake on a sheet pan lined with parchment for 15-20 min.

Toppings:

Labneh, Zaatar, thinly sliced Red Onions and Kalamata Olives

Black Mojo, Halloumi Cheese and Tomatoes

Spred Black Mojo on the flatbread, add the Halloumi cheese in long strips and place it like a star add tomatoes and Bake until cheese heats up a bit.

Feel free to improvise on your toppings, Zaatar with tomatoes and Serrano Ham is delicious too!