Khubz bi-flayfleh

This Syrian sesame and hot pepper pizza is a specialty snack food of the city of Hama; sometimes it is flavored with the sour Near Eastern Spice Sumac instead of red pepper.

  • 1/2 cup warm water (105 – 115 degrees)
  • 1/2 package dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp butter, at room temp
  • 1 Tbsp yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 – 3 tsp crushed hot pepper

Mix warm water and yeast in bowl and leave in warm place 5 minutes.  When yeast foams, add salt, flour and butter and mix well.  Knead on floured board 10 minutes.  Place in bowl, cover with plastic wrap and towel and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 2 hours.

Punch dough down and roll out thin into 1 large or 2 small pizzas.  Place on greased baking sheet, smear surface of dough with yogurt and sprinkle sesame and crushed hot pepper as evenly as possible over surface.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees 20 minutes while dough rests.  Place baking sheet on middle rack of oven and bake 20 – 25 minutes, or until crust is pale golden.

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