Flatbread Recipe

Heather says:

I had pretty much written off Fearless Friday for this week. Since I’m out of town, without a real pantry, that’s about all the cooking adventure I was willing to handle while working under the pressure of a big deadline. Then last night, I saw a tweet from Candice of Ragamuffin Design. She had taken my favorite pizza dough recipe, tweaked it slightly and used it to make flatbread for a Greek meal. She sent me her technique and I thought it would be fun to share with you. Did you do anything for Fearless Friday this week? Share a link at the end of the post or tell us in the comments.

Remember, Fearless Friday is about our sharing failures -I like to think of them as learning experiences- as much as it is our successes.

Home-Ec 101 and Ragamuffin Design Flatbread

Flatbread Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 TBSP active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour + a little more for dusting
  • 1 1/2 TBSP olive oil + extra to grease the bowl for rising
  • 1 TBSP molasses
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 minced, grated, or pressed garlic clove

Flatbread Recipe Instructions:

Add the yeast to the warm water and set it aside.  Place the flour in a large bowl and whisk it to fluff it up.  With your hands, clean please, create a well in the flour.  Remember when you used to make a volcano with mashed potatoes and gravy? Yes, just like that.

To make clean up easier, measure the olive oil and then the molasses.  There is no chemical reason for doing this, other than the oil lubricates the spoon so you don’t have to struggle with the sticky molasses.  Add the salt and garlic clove, add all of this to the well in the flour.

Does the yeast and water look foamy?  Wonderful, add that to the well.  If you are using a stand mixer, use your dough hook to stir and knead.  Use the lowest setting and only knead it for about a minute after the dough comes together.

If you are kneading by hand, stir the ingredients until they are moist and well mixed.  Flour your work surface and knead the dough for around three minutes.  Estimate, this is pretty forgiving.

After kneading shape the dough into a ball. (Just like playdough folks, just like playdough).  Set aside.  Grease a large bowl with olive oil.  Place the dough in the bowl, turning it several times to coat with oil.  Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise  / rest for thirty minutes. This gives the yeast time to develop flavor. It’s not going to rise a whole lot.

Divide the dough into balls about 2TBSP each. One at a time, lightly coat each ball with flour and roll very thin on a floured work surface.

Heat an ungreased skillet over medium high and cook each dough circle 1.5 minutes on each side. Stack until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

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5 Comments

  1. Melissa on January 31, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I keep forgetting about this! I sewed on Friday but I'm not going to post the results until sometime this week. I'll hav eto remember to link up to you next week. I made a pillow cover with no pattern. Huge for me! LOL
    My recent post Potato Scramble

  2. homemade flatbread « ragamuffin design on January 30, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    […] @ home ec101 posted the recipe i used here Posted by ragamuffindesign Filed in Uncategorized Leave a Comment […]

  3. Di on January 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Well, it’s not so fearless, really. But I’ve been trying to cook with my daughter more.

    She’s 2 and a half and loves playing in her toy kitchen. So, from time to time, we’ve been hauling the step-stool into our kitchen and getting her involved in the process. Sure, the food might take longer than just doing it myself, but it’s amazing to watch her learn this way.

    Today, pizza dough. Once it’s ready (in the bread machine) she will also get to help me punch it down and decorate the pies!

    • Heather on January 29, 2010 at 10:49 pm

      In all honesty, I’m not always great about letting the kids help. If one is lurking about they get to pitch in, but if all 3 are hovering I tend to reduce the fighting by doing it myself. Pizza night is an exception, they all get to top their own pizzas. The 6yo is starting to have jobs related to meal prep and clean up. I started seriously teaching my stepdaughter when she turned 8 and it seemed to fit her attention span and coordination. It’s worked for us.

    • deneicer1 on September 26, 2011 at 12:17 am

      Teaching your children is SO important and unfortunately is completely missed many times in our current society either by neglect or necessity. Either way it doesn’t matter…it just isn’t done enough!

      Teach them early and you will not regret it!

      My children helped me in the kitchen as soon as they showed ability to stir with a spoon and pour from a measuring cup! I would narrate the process and explain all the, “Why?”‘s and I was sneaking in lessons and they were learning before they even noticed! Best bonus, we had a lot of fun, too! 🙂

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