I don’t know if there’s anything more Moroccan than a round loaf of bread.
Nope. There’s not.
Let’s just say no one in Morocco is going to be doing the Paleo diet anytime soon. Bread is so prevalent and ingrained (haha ingrained) in Moroccan culture my husband can not eat a meal without it. And before you say wait, well he CAN he just doesn’t want to – no he really can not.
I used to make Moroccan bread almost every day when we got married – kneading it and all. Then we got a Kitchen Aid stand mixer and that made it a whole lot easier.
When we moved to Northern Virginia there was so much good bread at a cheap price that we would freeze and thaw bread instead of making it. I spent 2 1/2 years doing that and I really didn’t miss making bread! Now that we moved back to Wisconsin the kind of bread we like is much more expensive and not the same quality so it seems like I will be going back to baking bread again. (this original recipe is from 2009 – we now live in Morocco!)
In reality it’s pretty easy to make and I don’t mind doing it if I have a little extra time. It does dry out quickly so if you are making it to last more than a day, throw it in the freezer after it’s cooled (wrapped up of course).
The fun thing about this bread is that it’s pretty forgiving. You can use different kinds of flours, mixtures of flours, rising time and making it into different shapes. Traditionally it is made into a round and there is some technique to making it the authentic way.
Traditional Moroccan Khobz
This is a recipe for traditional Moroccan round bread, also known as khobz. My recipe is made using only white flour however you can add in wheat flour as well. You will need to adjust the water levels a bit.
- 4c and a little extra white flour - do not use self rising flour! ( you can also use wheat or half of each flour)
- 2 c warm water
- 1 Tbsp active dry yeast (or 1 pkg of Red Star or like brand)
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
In a small bowl add yeast, sugar and 1c warm water. Mix well and allow yeast to bubble.
In a large bowl add flour and salt. After yeast/water mixture begins to bubble pour into bowl with flour. Begin combining flour and water.
Have another cup of warm water to the side and add slowly to flour mixture. You may not use the entire cup.
Continue combining flour and water until you can form a ball. At this point it should be a bit sticky.
Pour vegetable oil into your hands and proceeds to work it into the dough. Again you may not use a full 1/4 cup.
Most of the dough should come off of your hands and combine into the dough that will be elastic but no longer sticky.
Knead for 8-10 minutes. You can do this by hand or in a mixer - if using a mixer reduce the time to approximately 5 minutes.
Oil the ball and the bowl and cover. Allow to rest 15 minutes.
Divide dough into 2-3 portions depending on the size of the bread you would like.
Using the divided pieces form 2-3 smaller balls.
Sprinkle flour on a board or counter-top and begin to push down the ball beginning in the center, similar to how you would form a pizza crust. Moroccan bread is traditionally in a circle shape however whatever shape you make it will not really matter!
The dough should be about 1/4" thick and even on all sides.
Wrap in a towel and continue for the remainder of the portions.
Allow dough to rise about 45 minutes. Preheat the over to 400-425F.
Once dough has risen prick with a from several times and place on a cookie sheet or baking stone into the oven.
Cook until it begins to brown and makes a hallow sound when tapped - about 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Moroccan Cooking Inspiration
My Moroccan Kitchen
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Wednesday 22nd of February 2023
I will be grateful for this when my Moroccan husband gets here in the states. I have tried to find bread close to what they have there but can’t. These is also a dish I would love to know how to make. Was goat meat like a bone in roast, had prunes and onions and they put hard boiled eggs when it was done. It was one of my favorites when we were in Saidia.
Friday 10th of March 2023
This is the base recipe for what you likely had. Sometimes boiled eggs are added on top and it's made with goat too - https://marocmama.com/beef-tajine-with-prunes/
Wednesday 10th of November 2021
what is the active dry yeast called in casablanca? I can find yeast but dont know the name for active dry yeast
Thursday 11th of November 2021
you can buy both wet and dry yeast in Morocco. The wet yeast is sold in grocery stores (and some hanuts) in the fridge or freezer. Dry yeast usually comes in a vacuum-sealed pack. It's red with a little cartoony chef on it and called saf-instant. It's not double-acting yeast like exists in the US so it may need to rest longer.
Saturday 21st of March 2020
How I loved the bread in Morocco,how I loved Morocco, Happy memories now in lockdown, cannot eat wheat...though I did in Morocco..buckwheat flour is the only flour I could get here..shops empty.
Friday 20th of March 2020
Where do you get flour for bread? All I can find down here in Tinghir is pastry flour and something like a semolina meal. Can you help me with what it is called here?
Thank you so much! Together in Moroccan Shut-down, Adrienne
Saturday 21st of March 2020
I actually just use whatever flour I have - white flour because that's how I roll. It's just "d'gag khobz" (phonetic pronunciation) - flour for bread. The pastry flour will work if it's what you've got may be a little softer than usual but it works!
Saturday 23rd of November 2019
You should post a video of how Moroccans knead bread. I visited a family in Casablanca a few years ago who told me my American way of kneading their bread just would-not-do. I need to try this recipe. Keep up the good work!
Friday 20th of March 2020
Or a Facebook/Instagram Live video, or a class on Zoom! I’m doing lots of both, right now. These free resources have been a blessing, and they help me maintain my relationships with small businesses to get through these times together.