Italians have influenced Tunisian cuisine for decades. This bread is just one of the many varieties offered by Italian cuisine. It is often eaten with extremely saucy dishes to make sure all that delicious sauce doesn't go to waste! Try this uniquely textured bread with your favorite chili, stew, or saucy seitan.

Khobz Talian: Tunisian ‘Italian Bread’ [Vegan]

Ingredients

  • 8 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • Nigella seeds

Preparation

  1. Dissolve the yeast in warm water with sugar. Pour the flour, salt, oil, and yeast/sugar mixture in a bowl and knead the dough with a stand-mixer for 10 minutes.
  2. Let rise in a covered bowl for an hour, until the dough doubles in volume.
  3. Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Flatten each piece with a rolling pin to obtain a rectangle with about a 4-inch thickness. Roll each piece diagonally and make cuts on top of each bread. Place the bread on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  4. Let rise for 1 more hour. Brush with warm water and sprinkle nigella seeds.
  5. Preheat oven to 450°F and place a small bowl of water in it to prevent the bread from drying. Bake bread for 5 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 390°F and continue baking for another 20 minutes.


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