Lahmacun – Turkish pizza with spicy minced beef and salad toppingPrint Recipe
250g minced beef;
1 medium onion, finely chopped (180g net);
1¼ tsp salt;
1½ tsp ground cinnamon;
1½ tsp ground allspice;
½ tsp red chilli flakes;
25g flat-leaf parsley, chopped;
2 tbsp pomegranate molasses;
1½ tbsp sumac;
3 tbsp tahini;
25g pine nuts;
2 tbsp lemon juice;
250g white flour, plus extra to dust;
1½ tbsp milk powder;
½ tbsp salt;
2 tsp fast-action dried yeast;
½ tbsp caster sugar;
60ml sunflower oil;
1 medium egg;
100ml lukewarm water;
Olive oil for brushing
1 mini-cucumber, cut into 1cm dice (190g);
2 small tomatoes, cut into 1cm dice (150g);
10 radishes, thinly sliced (75g);
½ red onion, thinly sliced (65g);
10g parsley, roughly chopped;
1 tbsp lemon juice;
2 tbsp olive oil;
Salt and black pepper
Makes 4 large or 12 small snack size pizzas
Start with the dough. Put the flour, milk powder, salt, yeast and sugar in a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine. Make a well in the centre. Add the sunflower oil and egg and stir as you add the water. When the dough comes together, remove it from the bowl and knead lightly for 3 minutes on your work surface until smooth, elastic and uniform. Dust a bowl lightly with flour, place the dough inside, brush with some olive oil, cover with cling film and leave somewhere warm for 1 hour, at which point the dough should have almost doubled.
Put all of the topping ingredients in a large bowl, apart from the tahini, pine nuts and lemon juice. Mix well with your hands and refrigerate.
Preheat the oven to 210°C and line two large baking sheets with baking parchment.
Divide the risen dough into 40g balls, you should get about 12, and roll each into a thin disc, about 2mm thick and 15cm in diameter. Brush each disc lightly with olive oil on both sides and place on the baking sheet. Cover and leave to rise for 15 minutes.
If you make the salad, mix together the vegetables and add the parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, ¼ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Stir gently and set aside.
Spread the tahini onto each pastry disc, divide the filling between the pastries and spread it evenly so it covers the dough fully. Sprinkle over the pine nuts and place in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until just cooked. You want to make sure the pastry is just baked, not over-baked; the topping can be slightly pink inside and the pastry golden when you look underneath. Remove from the oven, spoon the salad on top, if making, and finish with a drizzle of lemon juice.
The dough is a revelation! I've made this several times and it is awesome. Apart from being a really great meal it's also a fairly economical dish - provided you have the spices in. I've used houmous instead of tahini and skipped the second proving with great success making it even easier.
The allspice and cinnamon really compliment the beef.
In a word delicious! Go and make it now.