Tameez Bread

tameez-recipe

In Saudi Arabia, this bread is referred to as tameez, in Palestine taboon and in Iran tandoor. This bread is typically made inside of a brick oven which is heated by hot coals. When the bread is ready to cook they just smack it up against the wall which it sticks to and cooks. These same ovens are also what kabobs are cooked in. My little one loves this bread and can eat an entire piece all by himself so I tend to make it at home during the week when my husband is not around to buy it for us.

Tameez is typically eaten with foul, kiri cheese or lentils and is extremely cheap around sr1-2 which is the equivalent of 25 or 50 cents. Not only is it cheap, but it tastes great so a lot of people will have this for a late night snack especially during Ramadan. When I first started trying to make this bread at home it was difficult and never came out the way that I wanted, but I have since learned a new trick that I have to say is a must for preparing this at home.

You will need to make what I call a hot box. I use an small electric oven that I bought from here. I turn the heat up as high as it will go, place the tray all the way to the bottom rack and take an iron skillet and place it on the tray upside down. Allow everything to get hot for at least 15 minutes and when you’re ready place the bread on the skillet bottom and allow to cook. It will be bubbly and brown on the top, you will know. It does not take that long, maybe 5 minutes, so stay near the oven and watch it.

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2-2/3 cups water
Olive oil

1. In a small bowl, add yeast, sugar and 4 tablespoons of very warm water. Allow to sit for 5 minutes until frothy.

2. In a large bowl, add flour, salt, and yeast mixture. Carefully add water a small amount at a time until you get a dough consistency. Add a small amount of oil onto hands and carefully rib outside of dough (do not work in). Place back into bowl, cover with a towel and sit in a warm place for 1 hour.

3. Turn oven on high, place iron skillet upside down and allow to warm for at least 15 minutes on high heat. On a nonstick baking mat lightly floured half the dough and form into a round with your fingers. Do not allow to be too thick since it will rise in the oven. Dough round should be about 1/4 inch thick. Prick all over the top with a fork, then quickly place dough on top and allow to cook until top bubbles and is brown.

Yields: 2 large or 4 small

updated from 11/22/2010

12 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG NOOR THANK YOU FOR THIS.

  • Saniki says:

    I was always wanting to know how to make this. I will tell you how it goes.

  • Gina says:

    I have a friend from Saudi who used to make Tamees – i love it, especially when it has been freshly made – with honey. Yum!

  • Noor says:

    Ahh thank you all so much. I have got a few request for this so I hope it helps out.

    Gina I also like it with honey.

  • melissami says:

    Hi, Thanks for the recipe..xxxx

  • Sara altair says:

    hello! quick question, can I freeze and reheat this bread? its just easier to make many batches at a time and pop it in the freezer for future use. any suggestions on how long it could stay frozen for? thanks!

    • Noor says:

      The bad thing about bread is that it soaks up smells and flavors like a sponge so I would freeze the dough and then just bake it. Make sure to seal it super tight so no air can get in at all.

  • ~ Carmen ~ says:

    Yumm. This looks delicious & perfectly fluffy. We sometimes call it naan as well.

  • Henia says:

    Salaamu aleikoum Noor, I love bread and this bread is calling my name! Thanks sharing it! I will def be trying out the recipe soon!

  • Ramona says:

    I lived in Jeddah with my ex-husband who is a Saudi from 1985 to 1988. I have been trying to remember the name of this bread since I moved back to the states. Someone helped me figure out which bread this was and the name of it and I immediately began searching for the recipe. Too bad I don’t own a brick oven, then I could make it the authentic way. Many thanks Noor for posting this recipe, I will be trying to make it this week, so wish me luck!

  • Warren David says:

    Looks like a great recipe! Thank you for posting this!

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