Fatima and I don´t speak the same language: she speaks the tamazigh dialect and I don´t.

I learned some of the words the kids say when they sit at the table, but they usually speak a mixture between Moroccan Arab, tamazigh, French and a local dialect, so I don´t really know in which language I am learning what.

Fatima and I use gestures to have conversations and it sometimes drives us into weird and incomprehensible talks, but that´s the fun of it!  

One day I was chilling and reading a book, when she came saying a´ghrum, a´ghrum, meaning bread. I followed her and she took me to the kitchen where she taught me how to make Moroccan bread and how to cook it:

What you need:

  • 500 gr of durum wheat flour
  • 500 gr of white flour 00
  • warm water
  • a little bit of salt (2 coffee spoons more or less)
  • a cube of yeast

How to prepare the dough:

  • mix the two flours
  • dissolve the yeast in warm water and mix it to the flours
  • add salt
  • knead until the dough is soft and dry
  • leave the dough there for more or less 30 minutes
  • roll out the dough making big circles (they should not be more than 2 cm thick)
  • leave everything there for another hour

How to cook the bread:

This is the tricky part to describe: Fatima has a special oven made of cement, soil and something else, so for her the timing is different. Let´s do the Fatima-way and the normal-oven-way

  • Fatima-way: the dough is in the oven for no more than 5 minutes. She turns it when the upper side gets brownish-goldish
  • normal-oven-way: 250 degrees for between 10 and 30 minutes (just look at the color) turning it when it becomes brownish-goldish.

When it was finally ready, Fatima threw the new bread on a dusty palm leaf lying on the ground. The same one that she also uses to sweep the terrace-floor. But what doesn´t kill you makes you stronger, right?

Buon appetito!

Aoufous, Morocco 2015
Aoufous, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Aoufous, Morocco 2015
Aoufous, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Aoufous, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Aoufous, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Aoufous, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Aoufous, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa

6 thoughts on “How to make a perfect Moroccan bread – and a little every-day-story

  1. I don’t think mine are coming out like Fatima’s, but I’m definitely jotting the recipe down for future reference. I love bread recipes! Sounds like a really amazing experience you’re having!


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