3/4 tsp Dried yeast
1/2 tsp Sugar
1 1/2 cup Lukewarm water
2 1/4 cup Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tbl Butter
1 x Onion finely chopped
3 x Garlic minced
8 oz Ground lamb or chuck
1 x Tomato peeled, seeded,
1 x Jalapeno seeded, chopped fine
1/2 tsp Kirmizi biber
(or combination sweet paprika and cayenne pepper)
1/4 cup Finely-chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup Finely-chopped fresh parsley
Salt to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
Juice of 1 lemon
CHEESE FILLING ALTERNATIVE
2 1/2 cup White Turkish cheese or feta cheese crumbled
2 x Eggs lightly beaten
1/4 cup Unsalted butter softened
1/2 cup Finely-chopped fresh parsley
* Combine the yeast and sugar with a little of the warm water, and set aside until mixture is frothy. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl, and make a well in the center. Add the yeast mixture, along with the remaining warm water. Using your hands, work the mixture into a dough, adding more water if necessary. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead until pliable and springy, about 5 minutes. Place dough in an oiled bowl, turning to coat, cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
* Punch down risen dough and knead on a lightly floured surface. Roll into a log and cut into 2 to 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, place on floured surface and let rest 30 minutes under a towel.
* Preheat oven to 450 degrees, and preheat baking sheets, tiles, or a baking stone.
* Prepare the filling: Melt the butter in a skillet, add the onion and saute until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and saute another minute. Transfer onion mixture to a large bowl, add remaining ingredients, and mix thoroughly with your fingertips. If mixture seems too dry, add a teaspoon of water.
* Place a ball of dough on a floured surface and roll into a round, flat circle, about 1/8-inch thick. Place the round on the oiled, preheated baking sheets or tiles. Brush the top with olive oil and spread with a thin, even layer of the meat filling, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
* Bake for 12 to 15 minutes - the dough should still be soft enough to roll up.
* Squeeze a little lemon juice over each of the hot lahmacuns, and serve immediately either flat or rolled up into cones.
* This recipe yields 2 to 3 large lahmacuns.
* Cheese Filling Alternative: Mix all the filling ingredients in a bowl and blend thoroughly. Spread a thin layer on each circle of dough. Proceed with recipe, but bake for only 6 to 8 minutes.