Sunday, June 8, 2014

Very Simple Flatbread

Here's a recipe I first posted in A Week of Meals for $29.78, slightly revised. There's something nice about knowing that if you have a little flour, water, a pan and heat, you can make bread in just a few minutes.

Try this with chickpea hummus sprinkled with a little cayenne, or any other hummus or spread for a great lunch.

The key to this recipe is rolling the dough very thin and having your pan hot.

Simple Flatbread

1 1/2 c flour

1/2 c water 
1 T oil (optional)
3/4 t salt. 

Mix together, knead until smooth. Make into 12 teeny balls, using floured hands. Flour your surface and your rolling pin (or use a bottle if you don't have a rolling pin). Roll out each ball into a circle, or, if you're like me, any old irregular shape. Make it very thin, like a tortilla or even thinner. 

Put a dry skillet over medium or medium-high heat. When it's hot, cook the dough for a few minutes on each side, until it gets dark spots like a chapati.  

If you have time, here's a slightly more involved recipe for flatbread, using the same ingredients. There's lots about letting the dough sit at various stages and how to divide it precisely and roll it neatly, if you like that kind of thing. (I don't!) 

Jozsef Rippl-Ronai, A Park at Night, 1895

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