This are the instructions for using a mixer and dough hook to knead the dough. But you can adapt this easily to using a bread machine to do your kneading. I know — I used to use a bread machine to do most of my kneading. You can also hand knead.
- 1 pkg active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm (105 - 115 F) water for the yeast
- Plus 2 cups warm water
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup cornmeal
- Plus 1 Tbs cornmeal for dusting
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tsp sesame seeds
- In a small bowl, mix the yeast with 1/4 cup warm water. Stir in the Sugar.
- Set aside until the mixture starts to bubble (10–15 minutes).
- In a mixer with a dough hook, mix the flour, 1/3 cup cornmeal, and salt.
- Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture and melted butter.
- Knead, gradually adding the remaining 2 cups water as needed until the dough is smooth and elastic to the touch (8 to 10 minutes).
- Grease two baking sheets and dust them with the 1 Tbs cornmeal.
- Separate dough into 2 balls of equal size and set each ball on a baking sheet.
- Press them into circles 8 inches in diameter.
- Sprinkle 1 tsp of sesame seeds over each loaf, gently pressing them into the dough.
- Cover the dough with a towel and set aside in a warm place until doubled about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Prick the top of each Kesra with the tines of a fork. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Lower the heat to 375 and bake until crusty and golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
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