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adventures with flatbread... [Jun. 4th, 2007|04:21 pm]
Verminius Rex

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This weekend I played around with flatbread. Basic recipe as follows

18 oz bread flour
4 Tablespoons powdered milk
4 Tablespoons sugar
4 Tablespoons oil
1 Tablespoon yeast
1 Tablespoon Baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1\2 cups water

Dump into a mixer, turn on the dough hook for about 5-8 minutes until thoroughly blended into a wet dough. Spoon out into an oiled bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hour (I put it in the oven with a bowl of hot water). After first rise, dump onto a floured surface and knead a bit, divide into 8 equal portions. Now is a good time to turn the oven to 550 (remove the water bowl if you used one), with the oven racks either centered or spaced for 2 sheet pans. Roll the dough into 8 balls and let rest for about 10-15 minutes (the amount of time it takes for my oven to preheat.) Press/roll the dough into flat discs about 6-8 inches across, and fit 2 per sheet pan. Bake for about 4-5 minutes, if doing two sheet pans at once you'll need to rotate them after 2 minutes. They go from almost done to brown quickly, so watch them closely. After baking the first batch, remove them from the sheets and put the second batch on, being careful not to burn yourself (I have enough sheet pans to do all of them on different sheets, but who wants to wash 4 cookie sheets.) Using baking parchment makes it easy to unpan them.

These are great with gyro meat, dipped in hummus or even with pizza toppings. I must admit, these are my first real successful flatbreads, and I've made batches using amaranth flour as 25% of the total flour, but regular bread flour works great.
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[User Picture]From: silverfae
2007-06-04 09:25 pm (UTC)
550 degrees? wow, really? yikes.

Hey, I might like to dig up some of those obnoxious plants/grass things if you want some gone. We have a funny woodpile to hide.
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[User Picture]From: verminiusrex
2007-06-04 11:12 pm (UTC)
You want some yukka? I got plenty to spare, whenever I dig them up they just grow right back. Help yourself. I also have a starter colony of hasta you could snag some stalks from.
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[User Picture]From: silverfae
2007-06-05 01:50 pm (UTC)
I'd love that! send me your phone number or text me.
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[User Picture]From: affreca
2007-06-04 10:56 pm (UTC)
Sounds nummy. I might just have to try. On a related note, have you ever posted your biscuit recipe? I bought some jalapeño rasberry jam, and I want biscuits (and the recipe I learned in middle school really sucks).
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[User Picture]From: verminiusrex
2007-06-04 11:06 pm (UTC)
This is my basic biscuit recipe
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_151,00.html
Although I usually use a mix that I found at our local grocery store that comes in a 5 lb bag, made for cafeteria use, because all I have to do is add milk.
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[User Picture]From: queza7
2007-06-05 02:21 pm (UTC)
Oooooh, that sounds tasty! I'll have to try that sometime! (um.. how many cups is 18 oz flour? ^^; )
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[User Picture]From: verminiusrex
2007-06-05 02:38 pm (UTC)
3 cups=@ 1 lb of flour, so I'd say about 3 1/4 cups flour. It's a wet dough that I let the mixer do all the work, and just work it on a floured surface after its done.
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[User Picture]From: queza7
2007-06-05 02:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Unfortunately my ancient stand mixer only has the hand mixer style beaters on it, and not a bread hook. I'll have to trust to my arm strength on this one!
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