Are you bored of eating the same kind of bread everyday? Are you looking for another type of bread to fulfill your taste buds? Look no further! Here is the Samoon Bread recipe. It is easy to follow with satisfying results. Samoon Iraqi flatbread has a diamond shape, golden shine, and rich taste.
Samoon Bread recipe is very easy. You can use the all-purpose flour with sugar, yeast, oil and salt. Then, you mix them up with lukewarm water and you form the diamond shape. To look good with additional flavors, you can sprinkle the top with sesame or nigella seeds.
Golden Diamond-Shape Samoon Bread
Even if you are not a big fan of dough, you will find this recipe clear and easy. Though you can find Samoon in stores, nothing beats homemade Iraqi flatbread. It is so tasty that you will include it in your everyday menu.
What is Samoon?
Samoon is a type of yeast bread. It is usually related to the Middle Eastern cuisine. To be more specific, it is famous in Iraq. Different people bake it in different ways. But no matter how you bake it, it is very delicious.
Irresistible Iraqi Flatbread
Different Ways to Bake the Samoon Bread
Traditionally, Iraqi people used to bake on the walls of a tandoor or tannour oven. It is an oven of clay in a cylindrical shape. There is fire in the bottom and an opening at the top. You adhere the bread dough on the super-heated walls. When the bread is ready, you peel it off. Samoon bread baked in tandoor has a taste that will stick to your mouth and heart.
The pizza stone is another way to bake you Iraqi flatbread. When you use the pizza stone, you ensure a thicker crust on the bottom. You can place the dough on preheated pizza stone. Immediately, it will transfer the heat to the dough. You will get a crispier loaf of bread.
Many houses use a regular oven. However, the convection oven is more trending these days. It bakes the bread faster than the regular oven. Since it has a fan, it lets the hot air circulate around the cavity of the oven. So, there are no cold spots. In addition, you do not have to preheat it for a long time. Thus, you can save time and lower your energy consumption.
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Tips and Tricks
Freeze the Dough
You want to prepare the dough for samoon bread, but you do not have time to bake it. No worries! You can freeze it before it doubles in size. It is good to oil it slightly, and then put it in a plastic wrap or a zip lock.
When you want to use it, you have to take it out 2 to 3 hours ahead. So, it thaws at room temperature. If you are in a hurry, you can put the dough in the microwave on the defrost mode for around 1 minute. You have to pay attention not to overheat it because it will start to bake. Then, you have to leave it for a while. So, it will have the chance to rise and double its size. Finally, it is ready to form your delicious samoon bread.
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Freeze the Samoon Bread
It is a sunny day. You have some extra time! Why don't you go and make a batch of samoon bread? You can save them in the refrigerator for later. One way is to keep them in zip lock bags or to wrap them in a plastic bag.
When you want to serve samoon bread, you can take as many as you need. If you have time, you can allow them to thaw at room temperature. Otherwise, you can simply toss them in your microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. They will get out as if you have just prepared them.
Make Samoon Bread Healthier
Do you want to add nutrients to your samoon bread? A great idea is to add wheat bran or whole wheat flour to the recipe. This way, you add fiber and vitamins to your Iraqi flatbread.
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What to Serve With Samoon
You can enjoy the great taste of golden samoon with different dishes. On breakfast, samoon is very tasty with labneh on top. You can also open the loaf and spread some creamy cheese on the inner layer.
For lunch, a great variety of dishes can go with Iraqi flatbread. Many Iraqi people cut the loaf into chunks and dip them in their soup. Others enjoy the taste with dipping like hummus and Baba Ganoush. It is also delicious if you slice it in the middle. Then, you fill it in with shawarma, grilled meat or grilled chicken.
It is late and you are feeling tired! Are you looking for something yummy for your tummy? Then, you take a loaf of samoon and you heat it. You prepare your favorite jam, labneh with olive, Gaimer (cream), and olives. Now, you can go to your favorite spot. Enjoy your crusty samoon bread with different flavors next to a warm cup of tea. Bon appetite!
Frequently Asked Questions
You can keep the samoon in the freezer for a long time. however, try not to keep it for longer than 2 months.
You can use a mixer. Actually, it saves time. But, you have to pay attention not to over knead your dough. That's way using hands is better since it is a tick dough.
It is not hot nor cold. It is usually warmer than our body temperature. It ranges between 98 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
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How to Make the Diamond Fluffy Samoon Bread
- lukewarm water
- all-purpose flour
- sesame seeds or nigella seeds( optional)
To Make the Dough
First, you have to add lukewarm water, yeast, and sugar in a small bowl. Then, mix and set it aside for 5-10 minutes until yeast activates.
Next, you have to add all-purpose flour, salt, and oil in a large bowl.
After that, you add activated yeast mixture to the flour and you mix them well until all combined.
When you mix them, you have to knead the dough until you form a soft ball.
Then, you have to oil the bowl where you place the dough ball and you cover it with plastic wrap.
Now, let the dough rest in a warm place for 45 minutes to 1hour until it doubles in size.
To Shape the Samoon Bread
Secondly, when the dough has doubled in size, you punch it down gently. You have to divide it into four equal-sized balls.
Then, you must sprinkle the dough balls with some flour. Gently, roll the edges of the dough ball while keeping the center thick. You cover and let it rest for 10- 15 minutes.
After it rests, you have to flatten the center while stretching the edges to keep the shape intact.
In fact, you have to repeat the process for all of the dough balls.
Again, you have to cover the samoon bread and let it rest for another 10-15 minutes.
To Broil the Golden Samoon Bread
After it rests, you have to brush the top of each dough with milk. You can also sprinkle nigella seeds or sesame seeds or you can keep it plain.
Finally, you have to broil on high on both sides until golden. Another way is to bake on the preheated oven at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. It has to broil until it becomes golden.
Now, you have to let the samoon bread cool on a cooling rack before serving.
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Samoon Bread | Iraqi flatbread
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 teaspoon yeast
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon milk
- sesame seeds or nigella seeds optional
To Make the Dough
- Add lukewarm water, yeast, and sugar in a small bowl.
- Mix and set it aside for 5-10 minutes until yeast activates.
- Add all-purpose flour, salt, and oil in a large bowl.
- Add activated yeast mixture to the flour and mix well until all combined.
- Knead the dough until a soft ball is formed.
- Oil the bowl and place the dough ball in the bowl. covered with plastic wrap.
- Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and let the dough rest in a warm place for 45 minutes to an hour until the dough has doubled in size.
To Shape the Samoon Bread
- Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down gently and divide it into four equal-sized balls.
- Sprinkle the dough balls with some flour .
- Gently roll the two edges of the dough ball while keeping the center thick.
- Cover and let it rest for 10- 15 minutes.
- Flatten the center while stretching the edges to keep the shape intact.
- Repeat the process for all of the dough balls.
- Cover and rest for another 10-15 minutes.
To Finalize the Samoon Bread
- Brush the top of each loaf with milk and sprinkle with nigella seeds or sesame seeds.
- Broil on high on both sides until golden or bake on the preheated oven at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Broil until golden.
- Let the samoon bread cool on a cooling rack before serving.
- Serve the samoon with your preferred dishes. Enjoy!