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Lebanese Mountain Bread

Rated as 4.84 out of 5 Stars

"This flatbread brings me back to my early childhood when the Syrian lady across the street from my grandmother made it and always gave us some. It's my first food memory. The bread has a unique texture, gorgeous appearance, and fun-to-make technique."
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9 h 38 m servings 49
Original recipe yields 8 servings (8 portions)


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  1. Place 1/2 cup flour, yeast, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Pour in warm water. Whisk together thoroughly, 2 to 3 minutes. Cover bowl and let sit until mixture gets bubbly, 30 to 60 minutes. Drizzle in olive oil; add salt and 1 cup flour. Mix together until mixture forms a sticky (not wet) dough ball that pulls away from the sides of the bowl. If mixture seems too wet, add a bit more flour.
  2. Lightly flour a work surface. Knead dough until it is soft, supple, and slightly elastic, about 2 minutes. Pour a few drops of olive oil in a bowl. Transfer dough ball to bowl and turn to coat surface with oil.
  3. Cover bowl and place in a warm spot. Let dough rise until it has doubled in size, 60 to 90 minutes. Transfer dough to work surface and knead to remove air bubbles, about 1 minute. Transfer to zip top plastic bag; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Lightly flour a work surface; dough may be sticky so make sure you use enough flour to keep dough from sticking to the surface or your hands (but less flour is best). Break off a piece of dough slightly smaller than a golf ball. Roll into a smooth ball. Flatten and roll out into a circle about 1/8-inch thick.
  5. Invert a smooth mixing bowl on work surface; lightly flour the bottom. Lightly stretch the dough and place dough circle on the floured surface of the inverted bowl. Gently stretch dough evenly down the sides of the bowl, working your way around the edges, until it is very thin and translucent, or as thin as you can get it without tearing it.
  6. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat. Flour your hands and carefully remove dough circle from bottom of bowl. Transfer to hot skillet. Cook until blisters form and begin to brown, about 45 to 60 seconds per side. Transfer to a dish and cover, using dish inverted over it to allow bread to steam and stay moist and supple.


  • Chef's Note:
  • If you use fine salt instead of kosher, use 1/2 teaspoon instead of 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 49 calories; 1.9 6.9 1.2 0 181 Full nutrition

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Wow is this worth it. Made 1/2 batch before and the other after overnight refrigeration. Noticeably better after refrigerating but great either way. This taste better than the naan I get at I...

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I'm SURE it was a user error but the dough seemed to be too dry by the time I added all the flour. I also had an issue with the bread tearing during the stretching. Probably due to it being to...

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Wow is this worth it. Made 1/2 batch before and the other after overnight refrigeration. Noticeably better after refrigerating but great either way. This taste better than the naan I get at I...

Made this just as written. Family loved it. Even my 12 year old granddaughter like this, which she usually doesn't like anything that is homemade.

Thank you Chef John! This recipe is delicious!There is a learning curve on the stretching over the bowl technique. I used bigger dough balls and did less rolling out, more stretching by hand. ...

CJ, again you stepped up and pleased the whole family! I agreed this bread will now replace our flour, corn, naan and pita fix! You definately do not need to buy store made wraps of any sort, yo...

I’m making this bread for the third time. First two times, it was amazing. My whole family loved it. Very good recipe. And much easier to make than I thought it would be. Don’t be intimidated by...

DELICIOUS bread recipe and I highly recommend. BUT I suggest adding in the second round of flour slowly, the first time I made this, the 2 cups made it much too dry and there was no going back. ...

I used whole wheat flour. Definitely double the recipe. Also, golf ball sized balls of dough aren't large enough. Need to double that to get a good size pita.

Tasty and easy to make, with a slight crisp to its softness. The dough ended up being too dry even with thorough mixing however, upped the olive oil to 2 tbsp and it made the perfect tortillas f...

Tastes like pizza dough but is like a stiff-ish tortilla. I would cut down on the salt. It’s too savory (like pizza without condiments). I 4x this recipe since we eat a lot of tortillas. I rec...