Beyond khubz: Middle Eastern treats
Topped with za'atar or meat, paired with mahyahwah (fermented dried fish sauce), dipped in an Ethiopian stew, and generously layered with cheese - the mighty Middle Eastern bread finds gracious company in most ingredients.Ma'arouk
A Syrian delicacy during Ramadan, this soft, sweet and fragrant bread is made of anise, fennel, and mahlab (aromatic spice made from seeds of a cherry). Relish it as a breakfast meal or a snack with some tea and white cheese slices in its simplest form or with fillings such as chocolate or honey fresh cream.
This Yemini bread is the result of a fusion between the American pancake and
the Middle Eastern pita bread. Tear the spongy bread, make a pocket out of it and scoop some shakshuka.
Apparently, a diamond shape (the shape of the flatbread) is painted outside shops in Iraq so that people know samoon is sold at the place. This Iraqi flatbread is best relished when paired with Gaimar (clotted cream) or cheese. You can also pair it with flavourful Middle-Eastern dips such as hummus and baba ghanoush.
In Cairo, this staple handmade bread is delivered to restaurants by agalati or bread carriers, who brave crowds on a bicycle while carrying large double decker trays of bread on their heads.
This Palestinian bread is baked in a 1.5 ft deep hole in the ground that is covered with pebbles from the inside. Taboon is served with olive oil and thyme. Today, a similar style baking method is replicated with the help of conventional ovens and the use of a baking sheet full of pebbles.
Experience the authentic taste of Jordan on your plate with this chewy Bedouin bread. Abud is baked in an interesting manner - by burying the unleavened bread under hot ashes.
This Emirati bread hits home - the wafer- like textured bread is prepared using butter and sugar, or even porridge or gruel. It is generally eaten with white cheese or grilled meat.
Don't confuse this round Ethiopian spongy flatbread with a crepe, pancake or a dosa. When you dig into an injera, you'll feel like you're also eating the utensil that the injera rests on. Your meal is over when you've eaten the dish that lines the tray just as a tablecloth does. Vegetables, stews, and meat are placed on the bread.
There is no one agreed upon spelling; khoubz, khobez, khubez, khobz, or khubooz. But, the one thing that's certain is that it's delicious. Khubz takes various forms and was traditionally baked in a tannur or tandoor; a cylindrical or clay oven.
This on-the-go style Lebanese breakfast favourite derived its name from the Arabic word na'sh - the dough engraving style. The Middle Eastern spin on the pizza is usually topped with za'atar, labneh, cheese, and meat.
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"I would most definitely recommend the BQ Res- taurant and Bar Sourdough Loaf served during the Versailles Brunch at the St. Regis Dubai. It's baked with Applewood cheddar and caramelised onion. I also recommend the Brioche loaf from Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery," says Cornelia Suhr, Chef de Cuisine, BQ Restaurant and Bar, St. Regis Dubai. Local eateries will have you spoilt for choice when it comes to the best baked goods in town. Break some bread with your friends at these spots in the UAE.
Yummy stopovers: Exploring UAE's bakeriesThe smell of freshly baked bread is hard to ignore once you step into any of your community bakeries. Whatever be the season - go the extra mile and order yourself a warm loaf. You won't regret it, just give the slice one bite.
The brown country bread, Dh13, is much loved in the city. The natural blend of yeast, rye flour, and Atlantic sea salt is a perfect treat. Top it with roasted or baked meat. Munch on their cereal bread made of maize, millet, sesame, barley and oats to enjoy the best flavours. This bread is healthy, no doubt, but also, crunchy, and goes perfectly with mixed salads - tomato and mozzarella or meat and melon. If you're into traditional, dark breads, you'll enjoy digging into the leavened European style sourdough rye. The bread is perfect for breakfast and to make sandwiches with pastrami.
This community bakery has some excellent breads just waiting to be discovered. Take, for instance, the quinoa, protein, chia, gluten and yeast-free breads - all filled with healthy ingredi- ents that also taste delicious.
The bakery claims that it 'knows bread', and that 'baking is an art, science, and passion' at Bakemart. The variety of croissants is incredible.
Choose from their tumeric, dill, mustard, saffron, date, walnut, and Za'atar ciabatta. Fancy some Irish soda bread? Or, perhaps, a rye polish and long fermented baguette? Pick from a variety of their breads - Toscana capricha, seeded rye, dachstein, granary, and pumpernickle.
Al Jadeed Bakery
Ube ensyamada, Dh2.5, is a sweet and tasty bread that's popular at this joint. Ube is sweet bread that's filled with sweetened ube (purple yam), shaped like a scroll, and topped with creamed butter, sugar, and grated cheese. Pandecocoa, Dh1.5, are Filipino rolls stuffed with desiccated coconut and condensed sweetened milk. You can't give the Spanish bread, Dh2.5, a miss.
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Wish to go beyond everyday sliced bread? Try their vanilla bun, Dh8.5; brioche bread, Dh16; and zebra toasted bread, Dh8. You can also sample the raisins bread, Dh8 or the country bread, Dh8.