Palestinian Kaak Recipe

palestinian kaak recipe


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Sesame seeds or black seeds for topping


  1. Activate the Yeast:
    • In a small bowl, combine the warm milk and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture, stir gently, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  2. Prepare the Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, semolina, and salt.
    • Create a well in the center and pour in the activated yeast mixture.
    • Gradually add the warm water and vegetable oil, mixing continuously until a dough forms.
  3. Knead the Dough:
    • Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 10-15 minutes or until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  4. Rise:
    • Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours or until it doubles in size.
  5. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Shape the Kaak:
    • Punch down the risen dough and divide it into small portions, shaping each into a long rope.
    • Join the ends of each rope to form a circular or oval shape, similar to a bagel.
  7. Top with Seeds:
    • Place the shaped kaak on the prepared baking sheets. Brush the tops with water and sprinkle sesame seeds or black seeds for added flavor.
  8. Second Rise:
    • Allow the shaped kaak to rise for an additional 15-20 minutes on the baking sheets.
  9. Bake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the kaak turns golden brown.
  10. Cool and Serve:
    • Allow the kaak to cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, it’s ready to be enjoyed!

Palestinian Kaak is a delightful bread that can be served with tea, coffee, or enjoyed on its own. The combination of semolina and sesame seeds gives it a unique texture and flavor. Enjoy the authentic taste of Palestinian cuisine with this homemade kaak!

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