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ARMENIAN LAHVOSH, "CRACKER BREAD" OR PAREG HATZ
This is what they mean in the Bible when they say "Breaking Bread".
What a versatile bread! You can enjoy it in a number of ways. It can be used as a cracker because of its crispness, dampened with water to lessen the shatter-ability, or can be just put under the tap and then let it sit for a while and you have the perfect pliable wrap for sandwiches, a canapè, or just roll up some peanut butter and jelly. You can have it "your way" as the saying goes.
INGREDIENTS: Makes 8 - 10 rounds
• 5 cups bleached and enriched all purpose white flour ( I like Pillsbury®)
• ⅓ cup melted butter or shortening or a combination of both
• 2 cups warm water (105°F)
• 1 tablespoons salt
• 2 tsp. sugar
• 1 pkg. active dry yeast
• ¼ cup sesame seeds (optional)
1. In a large bowl, with a small amount of the warm water, dissolve yeast and then add sugar. Then
add flour and when moistened, add the butter and salt.
2. Knead the dough until it is very smooth. Cover and let stand in a warm place for 4 hours.
3. Divide the dough into balls the size of two hands cupped together.
4. On a floured board, roll out the balls until they are the size of a 14" pizza pan. Place the
dough in the pan and slit the dough in several places ( I like punching with the tines of a fork).
5. Sprinkle the tops with sesame seeds* and bake on the bottom shelf of a 400°F oven for 5 - 6
minutes and then move up to the middle shelf of the oven until lightly browned.
I like to mix my sesame seeds in the dough. That way they are not coming off the bread and
dropping everywhere. My personal choice only.