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Ready for a Weekend Project? Try Making Martha’s Arabian Gulf Breads!

Martha has four Middle Eastern treats for you on “Cooking School” this weekend.

Martha’s always had a way with dough, so it’s no surprise that she’s devoting a whole episode of “Cooking School” to breads. First up this week are two yeasted varieties -- an Omani doughnut-like confection called mandazi and a Saudi Arabian bread packed with seeds and raisins known as fatout. Don’t have time to wait for dough to rise? Martha’s got you covered with two equally delectable flatbreads -- one sweetened with dates and another topped with savory charred eggplant. Check out the recipes below, and don’t forget to tune in this weekend!

Photography by: Bobbi Lin

1. Date Flatbreads

Mardouf, a sweet date flatbread that hails from Oman, goes slightly savory in Martha’s riff, thanks to the addition of saffron and fresh chives.


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bread fatout
Photography by: Bobbi Lin

2. Fatout Bread with Seeds and Raisins

Two different flours -- chickpea and whole-wheat -- in addition to trusty all-purpose give the dough for this bread a rich, earthy flavor. Finish with plump golden raisins and a quartet of seeds -- sesame, caraway, fennel, and sunflower.


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coconut mandazi
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3. Coconut Mandazi

Coconut is used in every component of this fried pastry -- coconut milk and shredded coconut go into the dough, and the finished confections are dipped in a coconut-milk glaze and sprinkled with toasted coconut flakes.


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eggplant flatbread
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4. Eggplant Flatbreads

It’s all about the toppings in these homemade flatbreads. Start with a schmear of mashed broiled eggplant, then layer with arugula and mint salad, pickled red onion, and a spicy, lemony tahini sauce.


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"Martha Stewart's Cooking School" season 5 airs on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).