بِسْــــــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِارَّحْمَنِ ارَّحِيم
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
Tea on the other hand (mint almost always) is drank with a little more restraint. Unlike their neighbors to the West. Coffee is served in the morning, strong and black. And with milk café au lait in the afternoon. This café culture was most definity brought over by the Ottoman Turks during the 1850s and continued with the influence of the French. The mid-afternoon coffee break is a daily ritual in which everyone participates.
And the number one Algerian accompaniment to any coffee has to be Khoubz f'tir. Khoubz F'tir literally means "breakfast bread" or "daily bread" as it is usually eaten to break the fast. It's actually the first thing I ate when I first arrived in Algeria. And was also the first thing I learned to make here. So many wonderful are connected to Khouzb f'tir for me ... it has become my (and also my children's) absolute favorite.
Long summer afternoons sitting in the courtyard chatting with family, friends and neighbors. My most vivid memories when I first arrived some 8 years ago, enjoying the rays of the Mediterranean sun and the pleasures of afternoon coffee. Khoubz f'tir was an always excepted treat, along with Maârek / M'semmen served with local orange blossom honey.
This galette is an everyday "bread" prepared daily in traditional Algeria. Unlike, the traditional Khoubz el Dar, which it is baked, this galette is cooked in a clay tadjine placed on the stove or tabouna. There are several kinds of kesra, methods and designations differ from one region to another.
It's is also known as Kesra, in the eastern regions of Algeria. But you'll find many other names according to which region of Algeria you are in: Ftira shorter nickname of Khoubz f'tir, Kesra khsiss, Aghroum akouran or Aghroum aqouran, Kesra Mbessa Rakhsis, Galette Algérienne de Semoule or even كسرة مبسة.
Khoubz f'tir is a very simple, completely semolina, flour-free bread/galette/flatbread that traditionally contains no yeast. Prepaing khoubz f'tir does not ask much energy or time ((smile)). It is economical and delicious with a little honey, jam or even cheese. Khoubz f'tir is thinner and denser then Khoubz el Dar, Kesra rakhsis or Maltou3. And also strudier, slightly harder due to the galette having no flour in it. Ideal for long storage, picnics, school lunch boxes or snacking on-the-go!
Today, I present my quicker express version that requires much LESS kneading and also a lot less fat, yet is still tender due to the use of baking powder. Let's get started!
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