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Armenian Bread Matnakash

Updated on March 22, 2015
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Matnakash - Made in Armenia

Armenian bread Matnakash is being prepared on daily basis in Armenia. It is very delicious and easy to bake. Matnakash is made of the following ingredients: water, flour and yeast.

In ancient times people didn't have the yeast and the leaven was prepared only based on water and flour. This method of course is the original one, but in order to achieve it without the yeast, it will take many days for leaven to mature.

In ancient times housewives used to prepare the leaven not only for matnakash but also for traditional lavash and other sweet bakings.

Cook Time

Prep time: 3 hours
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 3 hours 30 min
Yields: 12-16 slices

Ingredients for MATNAKASH

  • Flour 500g
  • 1 teaspoon of yest
  • 1.5 teaspoon of salt
  • 0.5 teaspoon of sugar
  • 350ml water
  • 2-3 tablespoons of oil, (olive oil is the best) but you can use any you like

Instruction for Matnakash

  1. Place 250 ml of warm water in a bowl and add the yeast. Let the yeast stay within the water for 2-3 min. Stir it well and make sure yeast is disolved completely.
  2. Add about 200-230g of flour and keep stirring. Once you're done the leaven must have the same consistency as the porridge and must not run off the spoon. Let the leaven "breathe" for about 10 minutes. Cover it and put in a dark, warm place for 2-3 hours to double in size.
  3. The left ingredients; flour, salt and sugar must be placed in another bigger bowl and add leaven once it is ready. Mash the dough gently with your hands (no spoon). Time to time add warm water and keep mashing for about 20-25 min. You will need around 100 ml of water. The dough at the end must not stick to the hands or have too much flour. It must be soft and elastic. Once you're done, cover the dough again and let it double in size one more time.
  4. In the meantime you need to prepare a "flour cream". Take 30gr of flour and 150ml of cold water, stir these 2 ingredients together and place on low heat to boil slowly and keep stirring. Once the "flour cream" has thick form, remove it from the heat and let it cool down.
  5. Cut the dough into 2 equal pieces. if necessary you can use olive oil, so dough won't stink to your hands. As it is shown in the picture, shape your dough the final form with your fingers and apply the flour cream on the surface. Allow 20 more minutes for dough to breathe.
  6. In the meantime, place on the first scale of your oven the oven-tray. Heat the oven for 20 min at 250C. Add one glass of water in hot oven-tray creating some steam. Place the tray with dough on the second scale. Make sure you have a lot of steam in oven, otherwise the bread will dry out.
  7. Bake it for seven minutes and change the position of dough-tray from the second to the 3rd(the middle one). Bake it for few more minutes until matnakash has a brown color.

Matnakash Bread Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 slice
Calories 81
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 15 g5%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 175 mg7%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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    • SAM ELDER profile image

      SAM ELDER 4 years ago from Home

      Ty for stepping by :) Check out the step number 5.

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      SAM ELDER 4 years ago from Home

      You are welcome. I'm sure you will like Armenian bread and will bake it often :)

    • LongTimeMother profile image

      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      You've won me. This looks delicious! I bake a lot of bread, but have never tried Armenian style. It is now officially on my list of things to do as soon as possible. Thank you.

      Voted up and awesome. Your photos will be very helpful. :)