Lahmacun Recipe Middle Eastern Turkish Flatbread Pizza Dough
You have to try this lahmacun recipe. It is a type of Middle Eastern Turkish flatbread pizza dough. So easy to make and soo craveable. Try something different your tastebuds will not regret it. You will probably want to make twice the amount of dough and freeze it. You can freeze this dough after the first rise instead of putting it in the fridge for longer term storage. Flatbread and pizza dough’s are similar although some flatbread recipes use a leavened dough without yeast. Personally I feel nothing can replace the flavor, texture, and aroma of yeast risen breads. Therefore, this recipe features a yeast dough. Feel free to use this as pizza dough when a pizza cravings arises. The main difference is that flatbreads tend to be thinner have have lighter toppings than pizza.
Lahmacun, as it is known in Turkey tends to be popular throughout the middle east. They are a great accompaniment to meals or can stand on their own depending on the toppings. Meat or just spice mixtures tend to be popular throughout the middle east and Mediterranean. The three toppings displayed here are Berbere and manchego, ground meat with Baharat, and Za’atar. You can search for them in the search bar or you can follow this link for the ground meat topping. Click here if you’re interested the in the other toppings. Making it couldn’t be simplier.
Method For The Lahmacun Recipe
Mix the yeast, sugar, and warm water. Let stand till foamy.
Next, add the remaining dough ingredients to a large bowl. Stir in the yeast mixture and knead until a soft, smooth ball forms. Add more water if the dough is too dry. Add more flour, if necessary to keep the lahmacun dough from sticking. Your dough should be somewhat elastic when you pull on a piece it should look like this.
It should stretch and not break too easy. If it does not stretch knead it longer. Then let the dough rise one hour or till doubled. Punch dough down and let rest for 45 minutes, or refrigerate until needed. If refrigerated allow the dough to warm to room temperature. It will make it easier to roll out. I have to admit I don’t always wait 45 minutes for the rest stage and have had great success waiting only 15 minutes. Now your flatbread or pizza dough is ready to bake.
Preheat your oven to 500 degrees F. Roll dough out and top with desired toppings.
Bake 6-10 minutes.
Enjoy the best lahmacun recipe!