Nan (Afghan Bread)
A wonderful hand made loaf.
1/2 cup Hot Water
1/4 ounce Active Dry Yeast
1 teaspoon Sugar
3/4 cup warm water
1 cup Whole Wheat flour
2 cups White flour
Preheat oven to 500F.
In a large warm bowl, put one-half cup of hot water, one quarter ounce dry active yeast and one teaspoon of sugar. After this is dissolved, stir in three-quarters of a cup of warm water.
Next, add 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 2 cups of white flour, one cup at a time. Then add salt. When the mix becomes thick enough, use your hands to continue mixing.
Remove the dough from the bowl, and continue to kneed on a floured surface until the dough is smooth. (You may add small amounts of flour to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands)
Put the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Then, set it in a warm place to rise for an hour.
Spray two large cooking sheets with cooking spray and spread one-half of the dough on each cookie sheet in the shape of a large narrow oval. (The dough should be about one-third of an inch thick.)
Dip your hands in cold water, spread your fingers, and drag them through the dough making deep grooves. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the top. Put the bread in the oven for about 10 minutes or until it is a medium golden brown.
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