Homemade Lahmacun Recipe

Homemade Lahmacun Recipe

Lahmacun, pronounced “lahma’joun”, comes from the Arabic “lahma bi’ajeen,” which literally means “dough with meat.” Think of lahmacun as perfectly thin, crispier pizza (or flatbread), topped with a spiced minced meat mixture.

Ingredients :

DOUGH :
  1. 2 cups (240g) bread flour, or a combination of all-purpose and semolina flour
  2. 1 ½ tsp instant yeast
  3. 1 tsp light brown sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1 large egg
  6. 1/2 cup (120 ml) whole milk
  7. 1/4 cup (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

TOPPING :

  1. 1/2 small onion, finely diced
  2. 10 small or 5 medium tomatoes
  3. 1 tbsp tomato paste
  4. 2 tbsp chopped parsley, or cilantro
  5. 1/2 tbsp chopped mint
  6. 1/2 tbsp ground sumac
  7. 1 tsp Aleppo chili flakes, plus more for sprinkling
  8. 1/2 tsp paprika
  9. 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  10. 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  11. 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  12. 1/2 tsp salt
  13. 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  14. 5.3 oz (150g) fatty ground lamb, or beef

Instructions :

Step 1
  • To make the dough, first, you warm the milk, ideally in a microwave on high heat for no more than 30 seconds. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, instant dry yeast, light brown sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add to it one large egg, warmed milk, and extra virgin olive oil. Knead for five to six minutes until you have a smooth and elastic dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in a warm place to prove for two hours until doubled in size.
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Step 2
  • Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into four equal portions and then shape each piece into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.
Step 3/6
  • While the dough is resting, place a baking tray inside the oven and set it to preheat at 250°C/480°F. To make the topping first slice the tomatoes in half, then remove the seeds and squeeze out the juice. Place all the ingredients that make the topping, except meat, in a food processor until well combined. Now, incorporate the meat and pulse until the mixture turns into a paste.
Step 4
  • To assemble, lightly flour a ball of dough, then roll it into a thin round. Place the round on a piece of baking paper and brush the edges with olive oil.
Step 5
  • Smear the topping evenly all over the dough in a thin layer, then gently press it in, taking care that you do not tear it. If the topping is falling off as you move the lahmacun, it means you need to remove some of the topping.
Step 6
  • Place the lahmacun with the baking paper into the baking tray and bake for five to six minutes. Repeat this last step with the remaining dough and topping.