10 August 2012

#FFF - Flat Breads

I love making my own bread. The smell, the taste of warm accomplishment. I really don't do it enough. We have a bread-maker which is unbelievable. It's also a complete cop out as it means I have no more input into the finished product as I do buying it from a shop. Sometimes, after work, I just don't have time (or energy) (or patience) to make my own bread from scratch. But there is an alternative, thats pretty quick, easy as heck and you get warm tasty bread at the end!


You need:
2 cups of flour
250ml water
3tbs of olive oil, or rapeseed oil
Sea salt

Extras:
Completely optional, but you can add in anything you have handy to make the breads even tastier. I love using mustard seeds and oregano. Other great additions could be rosemary, basil or chili flakes. You could also rub with garlic afterwards.

What to do:

Sieve the flour into a bowl and add a little salt, pour in the oil and half the water and mix with your hands, add in your ingredients and keep mixing whilst adding the rest of the water gradually, you might not need to use all the water, or you may need to use extra. You want a dough at the end, not too sloppy! Once everything is combined and you're happy with the consistency. Dust a surface with flour and knead the dough for a while until there are no lumps. Leave to rest for 10-15 minutes.

Once rested roll the dough into a sausage and cut into 4 equal pieces, flatted out with your hands to whatever thickness you prefer, I went for about 5-6mm. Heat up a heavy non-stick frying pan, when super hot throw in a bread. Turning quite frequently (probably every 30seconds) so its evenly cooked. The dryness of the pan will give you those awesome little burnt bubbles, once lightly browned on either side you're done.

Serve quick, they're best served warm. !
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We had ours with a tomato lentil, olive cassarole thing, that is super tasty but completely made up by Dixon. Flatbreads go great with just about anything, curries, soup, salads and make an awesome evening snack with houmous ooorrr even tasty salsa. Have an amazing Friday!

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