Moroccan Bread Recipe

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85 mins (prep 35, cooking 50)
10 ingredients
2 loaves
It is interesting to me that one of my grandfathers, a West Virginian who lived at the end of Horsemill Hollow, always referred to bread as 'the staff of life'. As anyone who has traveled to North Africa knows, bread is a special food, treated with the utmost respect and central to every meal. My Mountaineer gramps would have much in common with any man from any valley in Morocco when it came to respecting bread, the staff of life. One rarely comes across a fork, except in the high-end or tourist restaurants, or as a guest in a well-to-do home. You will sometimes be given a spoon, usually a rather large spoon, as a utensil. However, bread is the common fork in Morocco. Only one's right hand is used for eating. Moroccan bread is highly absorbent. Moroccan bread is the primary eating tool. It is a bread with robust character - absolutely nothing like the pita bread we always get in the States. It is also pretty easy to make. Follow this recipe and you will have two fine small loaves of real Moroccan bread. It will take about a 1/2 hour to get it together, a couple hours to raise once (only once), and about 45 minutes to bake. If you have not made bread before, FEAR NOT. This is easy! Take your time, get all your ingredients lined up (mise en place). Many nods and thanks to Paula Wolfert for 40 years of inspiration and teaching, especially for organizing some of the best recipes in the Moroccan repetoire. Now - read the directions carefully so you understand them. Remember that the longest time will be the rising of the dough. So you can do other things during that 2 hour period. Also, remember that in a Moroccan meal, the bread is not an afterthought - it is a vital part of the meal and savored as a most important element of the repast. Let's do it! I even like this bread when I make a New Orleans-style muffeletta sandwich. Talk about cultural crossover!

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Serving Size (15.73 g)
Servings 2
Amount per Serving
Calories 42.44 Calories from Fat 15.12
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.68g 5.16%
Saturated Fat 0.22g 2.16%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 29.13mg 2.43%
Total Carbohydrate 6.61g 4.41%
Dietary Fiber 1.02 g 8.12%
Sugars 2.73 g %
Protein 0.95g 3.82%
Vitamin A 0.22IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 24.05mg% Iron 0.47mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
dry, c, a, warm water, c, c, unbleached flour, c, warm whole milk, anise seeds, corn meal