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Egyptian bread - Mahlab

Course: bread
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle East
Servings: 6 mahlab bread
Author: Amira


  • 3 cup flour.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast.
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar - optional didn't use.
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Black seed . Nigella

For brushing

  • 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon milk.


  • In your mixing bowl, mix flour, salt , yeast and sugar if using, until well combined.
  • Slowly add water until it forms a soft and smooth dough.
  • Place in an oiled bowl and let it rise for an hour or until doubled in size.
  • Divide the dough into 16 equal parts - more or less according to the size of the bread you need.
  • Flatten the balls to a 2mm thickness, brush top with egg and milk mixture and sprinle black seeds on top.
  • Let it rest for another 10-15 minutes, meanwhile pre-heat your oven to 400F.
  • Place the bread into the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the bottom is lightly brown.
  • If the top of the bread is not golden brown yet, you may want to open the broiler on low for about 2 to 3 minutes and watching carefully.
  • Take the bread out and let it cool completely to room temerature.
  • Bread will harden as it cools down.
  • Enjoy!!