Warm lebanese bread with minted labne salad




1.Sift flour and salt into a large bowl; stir in yeast. Add the water and oil; stir until the mixture forms a sticky dough. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and dough loses its stickiness. Place dough in an oiled large bowl. Cover; stand in a warm place 1 hour or until doubled in size.
2.Meanwhile, boil, steam or microwave green beans and peas, separately, until barely tender. Drain, rinse under cold water; drain.
3.Bring a medium saucepan of water to the boil; add broad beans, boil 3 minutes. Drain. Rinse beans under cold water; drain. Peel away skins.
4.Combine beans, peas and mint in a shallow dish. Top with drained labne. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
5.To make lemon dressing, whisk juice and 2 tablespoons of the extra oil in a small bowl; season to taste.
6.Preheat oven to 240°C. Oil a large oven tray.
7.Punch down dough; spread and stretch dough out on tray into a 26cm x 34cm rectangle. Sprinkle with za’atar.
8.Bake bread for 8 minutes or until crisp. Drizzle with remaining oil.
9.Drizzle dressing over labne salad; toss gently to combine. Season. Spoon labne salad onto warm bread; cut into pieces to serve.

Labne is sometimes sold as ‘yoghurt cheese’. You can use the oil from the labne instead of the extra olive oil if you like. If you can’t find za’atar, you can make your own: combine 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon dried thyme, 2 teaspoons sumac and 2 teaspoons salt.


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