Sangak




To Bake 6 loaves:

  • 1 tablespoon Dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups Warm water
  • 3 cups Whole wheat flour (sifted)
  • 1 cup Strong white flour
  • 4 tablespoons Sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • cooking and peanut oil, as needed

Naan-e Sangak or Noon-e Sangak is a favourite Iranian bread, usually made in bakeries using hot gravel stones (sang means stone). You may bake the bread without using any stones if you wish, although the special flavor and shape of the bread does come from using stones.
Mix the yeast and 1/4 cup of warm water in a bowl. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes and then add salt and 1 1/2 cups of warm water. Let this stand for 10 minutes. Slowly add the rest of the warm water, and flour while mixing until it becomes smooth and consistent. Use a new bowl that has been lined with 2 tablespoons of regular cooking oil. Put the dough in the bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave in a warm, dark place overnight. The dough will have a chance to rise in this manner.
Warm the baking stone in the lower level of the oven at 500° F for approximately 15 minutes. Knead the dough with well-oiled hands for 15 minutes. Use an oiled surface to divide the dough into 6 pieces. Flatten the pieces to be 1/2 an inch thick. Sprinkle some flour on the baker's peel and place the dough on one end of the peel. Using wet fingers, perforate the top of the loaf and sprinkle it with sesame seeds. You may also use poppy or nigella seeds or a mixture of all three kinds of seeds to taste.
Brush the oven rack with some peanut oil. Transfer the loaf onto the hot stone and return the rack to the oven. Bake for 1 minute and then press down the dough with the baker's peel. Bake for an additional 3 minutes, turn over and bake for 2 minutes. Using the baker's peel, remove the bread from the stone. Cover the bread to keep it warm. Repeat this procedure for all remaining loaves. Sangak bread is best served hot. You may keep the Sangak hot in the oven on a low temperature. You can also use clean towels to wrap before serving, and you may freeze the Sangak bread and reuse when needed.

Recipe thanks to: The Persian Mirror Magazine.

"When you cook it should be an act of love.To put a frozen bag in the microwave for your child is an act of hate."
Raymond Blanc


Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy free, Contains Peanuts oil

4 comments:

  1. Fandango said,

    Thanks for the recipe! My partner is Iranian and misses this bread so much when he's in the states. Maybe this will make him feel more at home...

    on 06 September, 2008  


  2. can you tell ho wcan we reheat the bread without making it hard?

    on 30 June, 2009  


  3. Jane said,

    What is the purpose of oiling the oven rack and then returning it to the oven (3rd paragraph)? You specify that the loaf is to be placed on the baking stone, not the rack. This portion of the recipe is confusing. Was it your intention to say that in the absence of the baking stone, you place the dough directly onto the rack for baking?

    on 04 June, 2010  


  4. Yann_Chef said,

    Hi Jane,
    Well the rack is the support for the gravel stone, which are quite large and heavy. Because of its weight the bakers are used to oil the rack they use to make it easier to slide the hot stone back into the oven. So in order to follow the traditional recipe which use large equipment I kept that part, knowing that at an household level it is not really necessary, but can be handy if using a stone which is heavier than a backing tray. :)

    on 07 June, 2010