Laffa bread is the authentic middle Eastern bread used for just about everything, and it's so easy to make! It's soft and elastic and has a much better flavor than pita.

Laffa Bread is a traditional Middle Eastern Bread that is easy to make at home, right on the stove top, and has so much more character than plain old pita bread ~

Homemade Laffa Bread

First up, I don’t get this aggressive very often, but … don’t lose track of this post!  Pin it, bookmark it, memorize it, do whatever you need to do to make sure you don’t lose it before you make this amazing bread.  Make it once and you’ll be making it forever, it’s that good.

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Everybody knows that homemade hummus is the way to go.  It’s so easy and it’s so much better than even the best stuff you can buy.  But the real star of this post is the bread you serve with it.  Laffa bread is a middle eastern bread that is thicker and chewier than pita.  It’s used to wrap meats like kebabs and shawarma in food stands.   It’s super popular in Israel and Palestine, and it’s perfect for scooping up hummus.  Once you taste laffa bread you’ll never go back to pita again.

Homemade Laffa Bread dough
Homemade Laffa Bread rising

The bread dough rises for about an hour, then gets formed into individual pieces, rests for 10 minutes and then gets rolled out and cooked quickly on a griddle.

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I find it amazing that so many different breads have such unique characteristics even though they start out with the same simple ingredients: flour, yeast, salt, sugar, water and oil.  This bread cooks in just a couple of minutes, and is chewy and very elastic.  The scorch marks give it a nice grilled flavor.   It’s not a fussy bread—it rolls out easily and the shape isn’t important, you’re going to be ripping it apart anyway.
I found my recipe here, it makes 10-12 individual loaves so I froze half the dough in a heavy weight zip lock baggie after the initial rise.

Hummus and Laffa Bread

Ingredients

    laffa bread
  • 7 cups unbleached bread flour plus another ½ cup in case the dough is little to sticky
  • 1 package dry rapid rise yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups of warm water
  • hummus
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 15 ounce can of chickpeas, drained and well rinsed
  • 2-3 Tbsp tahini sauce
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil and toasted pine nuts for garnish

Instructions

  1. Laffa Bread: Combine the dry ingredients. Add the oil and water and if you are using a food processor process for about 60 seconds until a very smooth, soft, and slightly sticky ball forms. If using a mixer, mix with the dough hook until the dough is very smooth, soft and elastic. If making by hand; after you add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, mix by hand in the bowl for a few moments until well combined and coming together. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about ten minutes until smooth and elastic.
  2. In all cases after the kneading, place the dough in an oiled bowl and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Then cover the bowl with a tea towel and place it in a draft free warm corner so the dough may rise. In about an hour, when the dough has doubled or more, punch the dough down. Divide the dough into 10-12 equal balls, and then roll the balls until smooth. Place the balls on an oiled cookie sheet. Cover them with a damp tea towel and let the dough balls rest for about ten minutes. Resting makes the dough easier to roll out.
  3. Pre-heat a grill pan to medium. I found that the large non stick grill pan was the easiest to work with. Take a ball of dough in your hands and flatten it out on an oiled wood surface. Roll it out with a rolling pin or use your hands. Make a circle about 12 inches in diameter and place the Laffa on the hot grill surface. When you see the edges looking dry and the bread is poofing up turn it over. Laffa only takes a few minutes to grill. Place the finished Laffas in between some kitchen towels to keep warm.
  4. Hummus: Put the garlic and chickpeas in a food processor or blender and process for 2 minutes, scraping down the bowl as necessary. the mixture will be very dry at this point.
  5. Add in the tahini and lemon juice and processes until smooth. Add a little bit of cold water the thin the hummus if it is very thick.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and add more tahini or lemon if you like. Spoon the hummus into a shallow bowl and top with a drizzle of olive oil and some toasted pine nuts.
http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/hummus-and-laffa-bread/

notes:

  • I am so happy with this recipe, it turns out the perfect laffa bread.  I used my kitchenaid mixer with the dough hook and it was great.  Even here in February in New England, the warmth from a sunny window rose the dough beautifully.  My bread cooked for about 2 minutes on the first side and just a scant minute on the other.  I recommend really pre-heating your griddle well.
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33 Responses to How to Make Laffa Bread

  1. Gail Maddick says:

    I’ve used this recipe many times having bookmarked it as suggested. I am doing something wrong as I now can’t find the hummus recipe?

  2. Nancy Long says:

    why can I not cut and paste this???? have never had a problem with your recipes before!

  3. Foodiewife says:

    Hi Sue,
    I’m on a Greek salad kick, because a new “fast food” place opened up at our mall. They serve pita bread with it. I figured out their awesome salad dressing, but now I want to make a bread to go with it. They serve pita bread with it, but this recipe looks like what I’m looking for (plus, it looks easy). Question: You say you freeze half the dough. Since I’m cooking for two, how do you you use it. I assume you thaw it, then shape it, let it rise and continue on? Just wanted to make sure. Great post and thank you in advance! Debby.

    • Sue says:

      Well Debby I’m sorry to say it’s been so long since I’ve made this bread that I don’t clearly remember at what point I froze the dough, but I think your method sounds right. I do remember that the bread is fabulous, though — good luck!

  4. Marti Hall says:

    This bread is our go-to for school lunches. We make a double or triple batch (sometimes with half whole-wheat flour) and my kids take them in their lunches with all sorts of fillings; hummus, cream cheese and veggies, even peanut butter!!
    I cannot tell you how many times we have made this recipe!

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  7. Sheri Montgomery says:

    Tried both of these tonight and they were amazing! Even my husband loved them and he’s never been a hummus fan. I’ve been intimidated by making hummus until this recipe. Thanks so very much.

    • Sue says:

      I’m so glad Sheri — I was thrilled when I discovered that I could make my own laffa bread! Glad we could convert your husband ;)

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  9. Mamie says:

    Cannot overemphasize the importance of removing the skins from the garbanzos. Takes some effort, but so totally worth it. This is the key to the silky smoothy-iness of authentic hummus. Might include some fresh flatleaf parsley because the two go together. Totally crushing on the flatbread.

  10. R says:

    Great pictures! How big is your grill pan?

  11. grace says:

    if you refuse to toot your own horn, i’ll do it for you–great recipes! the bread of middle eastern cuisine is my favorite, and hummus is a staple of chez grace. :)

  12. ohhh i can survive on hummus and bread for atleast a week, love it so much!

  13. Oh yum!! I love the look of both the hummus and the bread. I bet the bread would be awesome done on the outdoor grill too. I will most definitely be trying both of these recipes.

  14. Magnolia Verandah says:

    Oh yes! my kind of comfort food, a perfect dip.

  15. freerangegirl says:

    Toot and pat! I think you have every right to be proud, these look perfect!

  16. Stephanie says:

    This hummus looks so rich and flavorful. I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never tried my hand at a homemade variety but your picture is certainly convincing me to just go for it. I love a good hummus; such a nice snack to nibble on.

  17. I love love love hummus! I could eat hummus and pita, or your laffa bread, any day in place of ice cream! No comparison to the store bought stuff is certainly the truth. I love just about anything in hummus.

  18. Velva says:

    This looks amazing…Love it. Fresh hummus and naan bread-delicious.

    Velva

  19. You’re on fire these days. Love your homemade nutella, then your tahini. Now this hummous is fab. Well done you! Love your blog

  20. Amy says:

    Oh this is so great. I have been on a realll big middle eastern kick lately (what? I have no idea why), and this looks perfect. I infinitely prefer pita when there’s no “pocket”–I like them thicker and chewier, and I always make them that way. Maybe they’ve always just been laffa? Oh well, I really want to try out both your hummus and laffa recipe, they look so good. Thanks for the post Sue!

  21. Sometimes, you just can’t help but setting your own horn off…when you’re so excited about something…it can’t be contained! I understand! And rightfully so with this post. You’re so right about homemade hummus – it cannot be beat. I remember when I started making my own, hubs and I wanted it for every meal. I packed it up and shared it with my mom and she was flabbergasted (since she’d only eaten store-bought). Ha! Now, Laffa bread on the other hand, I haven’t made or even tried. But I know I need to remedy that soon, just your description and photos have me itching to make some. YUMMY post :D

  22. annie says:

    Oh wow…this looks so good! Home made hummus with your tahini and that bread…YUM!

  23. This looks divine. The hummus looks creamy and delicious. I don’t normally bake bread, but I’m going to have to try your Laffa Bread recipe. Love the grill marks on the bread. Great food styling by the way. Consider this one pinned!

  24. Wow. Absolutely delicious looking and impressive!

  25. Mary says:

    This is awesome, girl! I so want to sit at your table. Well, maybe not for Valentines Day, but in general, I would love to. I haven’t heard of laffa bread before, is it similar to naan? I’ve had that on my list to try for ages now. This looks so delicious. I’ve tried making hummus several times and I haven’t liked any of it. I’m off to search for a hummus recipe here now. Thanks!

  26. Valerie says:

    This looks so delicious…garlicky and creamy and irresistible! (I could see myself eating this hummus by the spoonful.) :D

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