About this recipe:If you've never tasted Algerian bread, then you should definitely give this very easy recipe a try. Known as Khobz el Dar, it requires no kneading, no special techniques and only basic ingredients. The result is an incredibly soft bread, slightly sweet, that tastes like brioche. Absolutely delicious.
Makes: 1 22cm round loaf
100g fine semolina
¾ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon dried active yeast
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 whole egg, plus 1 egg white (reserve the yolk for later)
250ml lukewarm milk
350g plain flour (and a little more for dusting)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds for decorating (optional)
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Method Prep:30min › Cook:20min › Extra time:2hr30min › Ready in:3hr20min
Place the semolina in a large bowl. Add the salt, sugar, yeast and sesame seeds; mix.
Add oil, whole egg and one egg white. Whisk, adding warm milk as you whisk, until the mixture is well blended.
The result will be runny. Cover the bowl with a plate and set aside for 1 hour at room temperature.
At this point (or even earlier), the mixture should look frothy.
Use a wooden spoon to stir in flour, a little at a time, until the dough becomes sticky. Cover the bowl with a plate and set aside for 30 minutes.
Sprinkle a little flour on the dough and on your hands; work the dough, adding more flour (1 tablespoon at a time) to help work the dough away from the sides of the bowl and be shaped into a ball.
Place the dough on a baking tray covered with baking parchment or a baking mat.
You can decorate the surface by making notches with a sharp knife. Cover with a clean drying cloth and set aside for 1 hour in a warm place until dough doubles in volume. (See footnote for extra tip).
Preheat the oven at 200°C / Gas 6. Beat the egg yolk with a fork and a little water and using a brush, coat the entire surface of the bread. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top, drawing a pattern if you like.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until the bread is golden.
To speed up the final rising:
Preheat oven to 200°C / Gas 6 for about ten minutes while preparing the dough. Once the bread is decorated and covered with a clean drying cloth, turn the oven off and place the bread inside to rise. It will take only 5 to 10 minutes for the bread to double in volume.