How to Make Laffa Bread

Traditional Middle Eastern Laffa Bread
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 ~

How to Make laffa Bread ~ an easy Middle Eastern flatbread that you can make at home! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

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.

hummus and laffa bread 3

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.

Homemade Laffa Bread 2
Homemade Laffa Bread 3

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.  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.

TIP: The scorch marks give this bread it’s characteristic look as well as a nice grilled flavor, so make sure your grill pan is nice and hot!

I found my recipe here.

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.
https://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.
  • This recipe 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 4

 

You may want to try homemade pita bread, too.  I’ll show you How to Make Perfect Pita Bread Every Time.

a stack of freshly baked homemade pita bread

35 Comments

  • Reply
    Hara
    October 8, 2016 at 8:55 am

    This was SO good! It’s a bit of a procedure, but oh was it worth it! They tasted and felt exactly like the ones I had tried in a great hummus bar long ago. Thank you so much Sue!

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 8, 2016 at 11:35 am

      You’re so welcome Hara, I do love this recipe! We discovered it at a hummus bar, too, and I’m so glad I’m able to make it for myself :) Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Gail Maddick
    May 18, 2016 at 10:06 am

    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?

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 18, 2016 at 10:26 am

      I think I took it out inadvertently when I updated the post, I just put it back in, thanks Gail!

  • Reply
    Nancy Long
    January 3, 2016 at 12:18 pm

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

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      Nancy Long
      January 3, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      finally got it

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 3, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      I’m glad you got it Nancy, that kind of stuff baffles me ;)

  • Reply
    Foodiewife
    November 16, 2015 at 9:36 am

    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.

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 16, 2015 at 9:48 am

      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!

  • Reply
    Marti Hall
    August 23, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    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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    aanrechtblad
    June 28, 2015 at 12:47 am

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  • Reply
    Sheri Montgomery
    March 1, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    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.

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 2, 2014 at 6:38 am

      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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    Mamie
    August 27, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    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.

  • Reply
    R
    March 1, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Great pictures! How big is your grill pan?

  • Reply
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    February 14, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Oh goodness that bread looks good!

  • Reply
    grace
    February 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    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. :)

  • Reply
    Kulsum@JourneyKitchen
    February 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm

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

  • Reply
    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    February 13, 2012 at 11:33 am

    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.

  • Reply
    Magnolia Verandah
    February 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm

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

  • Reply
    freerangegirl
    February 12, 2012 at 11:45 pm

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

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    February 12, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    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.

  • Reply
    Sarah (Snippets of Thyme)
    February 13, 2012 at 2:47 am

    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.

  • Reply
    Velva
    February 12, 2012 at 11:57 pm

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

    Velva

  • Reply
    Rolling Pin Claire
    February 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm

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

  • Reply
    Amy
    February 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    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!

  • Reply
    Heather @girlichef.com
    February 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    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

  • Reply
    annie
    February 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm

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

  • Reply
    Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee
    February 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    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!

  • Reply
    yummychunklet
    February 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Wow. Absolutely delicious looking and impressive!

  • Reply
    Mary
    February 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    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!

  • Reply
    Valerie
    February 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm

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

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