Msemmen Flatbread for the Doctors Ellis

Congratulations, Dr. Ellis!

graduation drive

Exciting times in the family, had a reunion this weekend in Columbus, Ohio to celebrate my brother’s becoming a doctor. I got to walk with faculty and hood him on stage, guh, such an honor. It’s a long road, but there is a large, delicious dinner at the end with all your beloveds. A foreshadowing.

graduation dinner

Been awhile since I posted a bread—guess I was reminded that family, and the memory of all the good times we have, is my daily bread.

msemmen flatbread

Msemmen Flatbread

Adapted from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes

YIELD: Makes one or two twelve inch flatbreads

¼ pound of Whole Wheat Bread Dough (see recipe here)

1 teaspoon salt

3 TB olive oil, divided

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon sweet paprika

1 teaspoon turmeric

Make dough. Form dough into a ball and coat with 2 tablespoons oil in a bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough stand at warm room temperature 1 hour.

Stir together cumin, paprika, turmeric, and remaining 1/4 cup oil in a small bowl.

Form flatbreads:
Divide dough in two and always keep remaining pieces covered with plastic wrap, flatten 1 piece of dough into a disk. Roll out disk as thinly as possible (into a 9-inch round) on a lightly floured surface with a 6-inch wooden dowel or a rolling pin. Spread 1 teaspoon spiced oil on dough with your fingertips, then roll up tightly into a long cylinder and coil into a tight spiral. Transfer to a large sheet of parchment paper, then loosely cover with plastic wrap.

Finish and cook flatbreads:
Tape another sheet of parchment to a work surface and on it roll out 1 spiral of dough into a round approximately 6 inches in diameter. Heat a dry large cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium heat until hot, then cook msemmen, turning once, until puffed and browned in spots, 3 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to a plate and cover with a kitchen towel.

msemmen flatbread in skilletmsemmen flatbread done

Happy Mother’s Day to the mother of doctors Ellis. We love you, Mom. Thanks for all the care packages to get us through.


6 thoughts on “Msemmen Flatbread for the Doctors Ellis

  1. Congratulations to all of you!  What a delight to see you reach this benchmark of successes!!  Grateful that you see the bigger picture of purpose and meaning!! Love to you all and know that we’re cheering you all on!!   Susie

  2. Yayyyyy, congratulations Drs. Ellis! What a magical moment that must’ve been, you the already-Doctor sharing the stage with your brother the Doctor-to-be 🙂 This bread sounds fantastic! And finally, I love your understated, powerful theological message, one that I nearly missed. Love and miss you so!

    1. ah yes, the understated theological motif– what I learned from my SPU MFA. Thanks Susan!

      1. That does seem like a fitting outcome for an MFA grad from SPU alright! 😉 I for one love such motifs in your writing, keep ’em coming! 🙂

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