A traditional Syrian yeast bread, this is a family recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation. It is simple and delicious, great with stews and hearty meals, or grilled with jam.

Prep Time:
1 hr
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
2 hrs
12 loaves


  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 4 cups lukewarm water

  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast

  • 5 pounds all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Dissolve sugar in about 1 cup of the water. Sprinkle the yeast over the top. Let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, water, oil, and about half of the flour until well blended. Gradually mix in the rest of the flour until the dough is stiff enough to take out of the bowl. Knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, and cover with a cloth. allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size. This will take 1 to 2 hours.

  3. Divide dough into sections about the size of a grapefruit. Form into smooth balls, cover with a cloth, and let rise again for about 30 minutes.

  4. On a lightly floured surface, flatten each ball to 1/2 inch thickness, pressing out with your fingers. Circles should be about 8 inches across. Place on an oiled baking sheet. Let rest for about 10 minutes, or while you preheat the oven .

  5. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  6. Bake rounds until the top is lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven, and brush with melted butter. Repeat with remaining bread.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

356 Calories
2g Fat
73g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 356
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 26%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 10g
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 108mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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