Saj Bread with Recipe

The sound track is awful — a solo piano piece that grates on my nerves — and the baker is a professional from an odd kind of restaurant where he wears latex gloves while baking. This said, there is a recipe (modern, it includes sugar and is made with the whitest of white flour), and a reasonably careful demonstration of stretching the dough over a pillow which is also used to turn the bread onto the convex griddle, the saj. Towards the end one of the breads is baked with a filling.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_MIVv4_3l8&feature=fvwp&NR=1

Extensible Dough — Shraq

What I find remarkable about this Bedouin bread is the rolling out — or pushing out — by hand and then the stretching by tossing. The tossing is the basic pizza dough technique but this bread is incredibly thin. Note that the griddle is not evenly hot, it is cooler at the top, and so the bread is cooking unevenly which the baker seems to correct for towards the end of the video by folding the bread in half and putting it back on the griddle, called a saj.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf7wo99_vfQ

Baked on a Griddle

This is a disquieting video of flatbreads being baked in Afghanistan.  In it, we see a young baker forming and the rolling out a bread to beaked on a griddle. The focus is on the rolling out which is done slowly. The film maker seems to get bored with the rolling-out process and so he pans to the breads being baked on griddles, our one hint of how the breads are baked, and then walks outside the door. It turns out that the bread is being baked behind blast walls in military base.

httpv://youtu.be/b93JvsCbLyk