Hands down, I guess there is no one on this planet who doesn't like bread or any kind of fluffy, crunchy, and baked goodness. Mhmmm... I love eating bread and no matter what, I would never dismiss a piece of gluten heaven. 

Since I am not brave enough to bake a giant loaf of bread by myself, I love to explore the other fellas which shouldn't be underestimated either. I'm talking about buns, flatbreads, or whatever counts as a bready pleasure. 

The more time I spend at home, the more I am experimenting in my kitchen and I am very glad about making all these new experiences. One highlight during all the snacking was definitely today's recipe. Whew.

Give me some hummus or any schmear and a handfull of malawach. I had no idea that this kind of bread would steal my heart... 


I read about malawach before, but I was never intrigued to try my own until NYE came last year. I forgot to buy some bread for my dinner and since the supermarkets have special opening hours that day, I was nervous to find a recipe which allows me to enjoy some good bread. Homemade...

My pantry wasn't quiet stocked up well, so my fingers were crossed. There it was, malawach appeared again, and I jumped into my kitchen to test it. If it's not going to taste, I would just curse myself and be mad for a week, haha. 

The pressure was on, but somehow I also felt that this was the right moment to try this recipe. My new cast-iron skillet was just prepared with its thousand layers of oil and thinking about the crunchy crust it would create on my malawachs just excited me inside out.

What can I say? My NYE dinner was miraculous with malawach being the highlight of the night and with this new tradition, I want to start into every new year from now! 


MALAWACH 
recipe via. 

YOU NEED 1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour + 3/4 Cups pastry flour + 2 teaspoons sugar + 1 1/2 teaspoons salt + 1 teaspoon baking powder + 3/4 Cups water + 3/4 C very soft butter


1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, pastry flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Create a well in the middle and add the water.
2. Mix the dough until you have a shaggy dough and then transfer it to a floured surface to knead it to a super sexy dough for about 7 minutes. Yes, we gotta work out before eating this bread... 
3. Transfer the dough now to an oiled bowl, cover it, and let it rest for 30 minutes.
4. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and divide into 6 balls. Using your hands, spread 1 tablespoon butter on a large work surface, top one of the balls of dough with another tablespoon butter and pat the dough and butter out into a flat circle.
5. Using a flat hand, gently massage it in circular motions (kind of as if you’re washing a window) to flatten it out into a very large translucent circle. it’s ok if it’s tears, it doesn’t need to be perfect, just try to get it as thin as possible! 
6. Roll it up into one long, skinny log. roll the log into a coil and set it on a plate. repeat with the remaining dough.
7. Roll out the coils into 7" circles by placing them between two pieces of wax paper and rolling with a rolling pin.
8. Heat a skillet over medium heat and cook for a few minutes on both sides until golden brown. If you don't have a cast-iron skillet, don't worry, any pan is great! I just love that a cast-iron creates a very flaky surface and some crunchy parts which is created with this massive heat that is stored in the skillet. I am glad that I can finally use mine in the kitchen! The world is yours ~ 
9. Serve this with labneh, yogurt, hummus, sour cream, any kind of spread, or even try the sweet way with some jam?! This flatbread screams for experiments! 


I have to admit, I am still not ready to bake bread, but making all kinds of flatbreads could be totally my thing! Listen, this is a world which we need to explore a bit deeper and I know that recipes like this will not only save our butts and budgets, but also much more. 


Layers of puff pastry-ish dough will turn your world upside down. You are welcome. 


This is a culinary must-eat experience which you won't forget. Eating malawach with hummus might sound intriguing to you, but I learned that sour cream and my favorite Trader Joe's yuzu hot sauce is also a combination which shall never be underestimated. 
Ok, I'm really in heaven right now. I'm sorry for making you hungry. 

Try this recipe and treat yourself while you spend a lot of time at home! Good thing is that you can make this by yourself, but this is also a great family activity. Make the dough ahead and split it for over the weekend ~ the world is yours. 


Happy snacking and indulging ~ 


*Boys and girls, write down the new vocabulary you have learned today: puff pastry-ish — blätterig. 
GERMAN LESSON #98