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Egyptian Barley Bread

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“Adapted from Breads of the World. Posted for ZWT6.”
3hrs 20mins
1 loaf

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 14 teaspoons yeast
  • 12 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 cups barley flour


  1. Combine yeast, water, and honey, and let proof 5 minutes.
  2. Add salt, eggs and shortening.
  3. Stir in flour and blend until dough is workable.
  4. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a couple of minutes.
  5. Place in a large greased bowl, turning to coat.
  6. Cover with a towel and let stand in a warm place for 90 minutes.
  7. The dough will rise slightly, but will NOT double.
  8. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead again.
  9. Shape into a round cake about 1/2" thick.
  10. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  11. Cover with a towel and let rest for one hour.
  12. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  13. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until bread is pale brown and sounds hollow when tapped.
  14. Cool on a rack.

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