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Saj Bread with Sesame Seeds Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil

Special Equipment Needed:
- Rolling pin
- Baking sheet
- Oven

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast.
2. Add the sesame seeds and mix until combined.
3. Add the warm water and olive oil and mix until a dough forms.
4. Knead the dough for 5 minutes.
5. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let the dough rise for 1 hour.
6. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
7. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a thin circle.
8. Place the dough on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
9. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.

Preparation Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Temperature: 400°F
Serving Size: 8

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 200
Fat: 6g
Carbohydrates: 28g
Protein: 5g

Substitutions for Ingredients
- All-purpose flour: whole wheat flour or almond flour
- Sugar: honey or maple syrup
- Salt: sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Active dry yeast: instant yeast
- Sesame seeds: poppy seeds or flax seeds
- Olive oil: coconut oil or avocado oil

- Add herbs or spices to the dough for extra flavor.
- Use different types of seeds for a different flavor.
- Add dried fruit or nuts to the dough.

Tips and Tricks:
- Make sure the water is warm, not hot, when adding to the dough.
- Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic.
- Let the dough rise in a warm place for best results.

Storage Instructions:
Saj bread can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Reheating Instructions:
Saj bread can be reheated in a 350°F oven for 5 minutes.

Presentation Ideas:
Saj bread can be served as an appetizer or side dish. It can also be served with hummus or other dips.

Saj bread can be garnished with fresh herbs, such as parsley or cilantro.

Saj bread pairs well with salads, soups, and stews.

Suggested Side Dishes:
Saj bread can be served with a variety of side dishes, such as roasted vegetables, couscous, or quinoa.

Troubleshooting Advice:
- If the dough is too dry, add a few tablespoons of water.
- If the dough is too wet, add a few tablespoons of flour.

Food Safety Advice:
- Make sure all ingredients are fresh and not expired.
- Wash your hands before handling the dough.

Food History:
Saj bread is a traditional Middle Eastern flatbread that is made with flour, yeast, and sesame seeds. It is believed to have originated in the Levant region and is now popular in many countries around the world.

Flavor Profiles:
Saj bread has a nutty, earthy flavor from the sesame seeds and a slight sweetness from the sugar.

Serving Suggestions:
Saj bread can be served as an appetizer or side dish. It can also be served with hummus or other dips.

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Region: Lebanese

Taste: Crispy, Nutty, Savory, Toasty