600g good quality fine semoulina
400g all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk +extra water
2 tablespoon active yeast
GLAZE: 1 egg
Sesamy or nigella seeds to sprinkle
optional : 1 tablespoon butter for kneading
orange zest, orange blossom water for flavoring.
Together, sift the flour and semoulina, into a large bowl . Add the dry ingredients. Put the oil, milk, and eggs in another bowl and beat with a fork until blended . Gradually incorportate the liquid mixture into the flours. Add extra water as you knead . Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Knead for 10 to 15 mn or until the dough is smooth and slightly sticks to the fingers. At this stage, you might add some orange zest or 1tablespoon of orange blossom water if desired.
Cover with a clean towel and leave in a warm place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface, punch down and knead for 5 to 10mn. Divide into two equal portions.
Place them into two pre-oiled trays. Roll each portion into a smooth circle about 8 to 10 mn thick. Glace with a beaten egg and sprinkle with sesamy or nigella seeds. Using a sharp knife, decorate the surface by scoring deep cut into the loaves or forming deep indents in the middle and drawing lines with the back of a fork.
Preheat the oven to 200 C. bake for 20mn or until golden brown . leave to cool. Serve warm with a delicious tajine.
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