Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Flat Bread

Okay, I will admit it. I am a total carbs in the form of breads lover! I would choose a fresh homemade roll over a piece of cake any day. I have up until recently been intimidated by making my own breads. Using yeast has always been a little scary to me. I have decided that this is the year to get over my fear. I've been experimenting a lot lately and have found that it isn't that bad at all. I might even go as far as saying that I find it very relaxing.
I made the most awesome bread last night. I got this recipe from one of my favorite food blogs Our Best Bites. They said it was a great recipe to try if you are starting out in your bread making abilities, perfect for me. This is a flat bread that I might add would impress anyone who you might be having over for dinner. It was just like those artisan breads you see in bakeries. The outside was chewy (in a good way) and the inside soft and fluffy like. I LOVED it! My husband and girls loved it too. So, go ahead and give this one a try. I promise you won't be disappointed.
Here is your line up:

Flat Bread

1 cup warm water (105-115 F)
2 packets or 1 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
2 1/4-2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. Kosher salt, divided


In a small bowl, combine water, yeast, and sugar and allow to stand for 10 minutes or until bubbly. It will look like this:


In a bowl of a heavy-duty electric mixer, combine 2 c. flour, olive oil, and 1 1/2 tsp. salt. Add in your yeast mixture and mix until combined.


Add in another 1/4 to 1/2 c. flour until a very soft dough is formed. Cover with a clean towel and allow to stand about 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Spray a baking sheet and your hands with cooking spray. Punch dough down and then remove the dough from the bowl and shape into a ball. Place onto prepared baking sheet and spread into a circle about 1/2" thick and 11-12" in diameter. Cover and allow to rise another 30 minutes.

While dough is rising, preheat over to 400. When dough has risen, use your fingers to make indentations in the dough.


Lightly brush with olive oil and sprinkle with remaining Kosher salt. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly and then just tear into pieces or cut into triangles like a pizza. This bread is awesome without butter or anything.  But I think next time I might sprinkle some herbs on the top.


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