This is an easy bread recipe that results in a soft, tender flatbread. My native Afghani friend says that this bread tastes better than the traditional bread she buys at the store. Enjoy!

ladyheather06
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup warm water and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the top, and let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.

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  • Place flour in a large bowl, and stir in salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the corn oil and yeast mixture. Add the remaining water in small amounts until you have a soft moist dough that can be handled. Turn out onto a floured surface, and knead for at least 5 minutes. Return to the bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Deflate the risen dough, and divide into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll each ball with a rolling pin so it is oval shaped, about 6 inches long, and 1/2 inch thick. Use a fork or dull knife to draw three lines on the top of each loaf. Place the loaves on a baking sheet. Mix together the egg and remaining tablespoon of water; brush the tops of the loaves with the mixture. Sprinkle caraway seeds over the tops, if using.

  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until the loaves are shiny and golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

309 calories; 8.3 g total fat; 23 mg cholesterol; 375 mg sodium. 50.1 g carbohydrates; 7.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2015
Excellent stuff! I didn't use caraway seeds; because some of the reviews said the bread lacked flavor I added two teaspoons of sea salt to the dough and topped the egg wash with something different on each loaf. One each plain sesame seeds garlic powder rosemary thyme celery seed dried minced onion and Mrs. Dash tomato basil garlic mix. The bread was soft and yummy we enjoyed it very much! Took a little over 30 minutes total in the oven. Update: Made this again this time I topped with dried minced garlic (used only egg white for the wash). I convect baked at 325 for 18 minutes. Yum! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/12/2009
Will not make again. Quick and easy; however the texture(crumb)is NOT like the Afghanistan bread I get from an Afghanistan restaurant. This bread is more like regular white bread with a crunchy outside. Read More
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39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2015
Excellent stuff! I didn't use caraway seeds; because some of the reviews said the bread lacked flavor I added two teaspoons of sea salt to the dough and topped the egg wash with something different on each loaf. One each plain sesame seeds garlic powder rosemary thyme celery seed dried minced onion and Mrs. Dash tomato basil garlic mix. The bread was soft and yummy we enjoyed it very much! Took a little over 30 minutes total in the oven. Update: Made this again this time I topped with dried minced garlic (used only egg white for the wash). I convect baked at 325 for 18 minutes. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2015
Excellent stuff! I didn't use caraway seeds; because some of the reviews said the bread lacked flavor I added two teaspoons of sea salt to the dough and topped the egg wash with something different on each loaf. One each plain sesame seeds garlic powder rosemary thyme celery seed dried minced onion and Mrs. Dash tomato basil garlic mix. The bread was soft and yummy we enjoyed it very much! Took a little over 30 minutes total in the oven. Update: Made this again this time I topped with dried minced garlic (used only egg white for the wash). I convect baked at 325 for 18 minutes. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2006
I made this last night to go with hummus. It was fantastic. I made it two different ways. One I put in my bread machine on dough cycle. The other I did by hand. Both turned out the same. However I did mess up the first recipe by accidently adding the egg to the dough. Produced a denser bread but still good. I suggest adding herbs and spices right to the dough mix. I added onion and tarragon to one mix the other was spicy garlic. FANTASTIC! If you want thin loaves use your pasta machine. I made all of mine single serving cut dough into 10. This is a staple in my recipe box. SUPER easy. I am going to try wheat flour next. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/02/2010
Ok I admit I got in a hurry after I came home from grocery shopping didn't pay attention and added the egg to the dough and almost all of the water upfront. Nevertheless these turned out great. I patted (rarely use a rolling pin) them very thin and sprinkled with a mixture of toasted sesame seeds and a bit of kosher salt before baking (did use the egg wash). I baked them on a stone and they are nice and crispy outside witha bit of soft fluff inside. They'll go perfectly with my veggie curry tonight! Thank you for the recipe...adding to my recipe box now...oh and I also used a half and half mixture of AP flour and white whole wheat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2004
WOW! This recipe is incredible and easy! I made it for a school project and everyone loved it and was asking for more. Of course it is best right out of the oven but still quite good days later. Might want to add just a little more salt if you like it. Overall a wonderful recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2009
The caraway seeds really make this bread tasty. My bread rose a lot more than it should have - making it look more like western-style buns. I'm not sure how to keep the bread flat with all that yeast. Tasty nonetheless. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2009
This is easy to make and tastes really good. It makes pretty big breads so sometimes I make mine smaller but if you make them too small they can get hard. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2009
this is fun to make and turned out excellent. made it for my daughter's school project. i would not omit the caraway seeds...they add a lot to the flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2008
I never made bread and it was very easy and delicious. I substituted sesame seeds for caraway seeds. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2010
easy to make and the taste is wonderful... the caraway seeds didn't add much to the taste... next time i'll keep it plain or add sesame seeds instead but overall fantastic recipe thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/12/2009
Will not make again. Quick and easy; however the texture(crumb)is NOT like the Afghanistan bread I get from an Afghanistan restaurant. This bread is more like regular white bread with a crunchy outside. Read More
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