Sunday 7 April 2013
Simple flat bread with cracked black pepper
For these flat breads you will need'
500g of strong white flour
300g of water
50ml of good olive oil plus more for brushing
7g of fast action yeast
10g of salt
10g of cracked black pepper, optional
Begin by making the dough, bring all the ingredients together to make a soft dough and knead for 5 minutes. Leave to rise until doubled in size. heat the oven to 200C and prepare 2 large baking sheets. Break off 80g pieces of dough, I usually bake 4 at a time 2 on each tray. The remaining dough can either be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days, frozen or simply used up baking batches of flat breads. Take an 80g piece of dough and roll out to form a long lozenge shape, roll out to a thickness of about a pound coin. Using whatever tool you have to hand, dock the lozenge of dough with as many small holes as you can manage, place on a baking sheet, brush with olive oil and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. They should be a rich golden brown when baked, and crisp up a little on cooling. Keep an eye on them as you cook them in order to avoid over-baking. It's better to cook the flat breads at a lower temperature for longer than to cook them at too high a temperature.
These flat breads are the perfect thing broken into shards to dunk into Camembert fondue. Make sure you buy a Camembert that is in a box that has staples, the few that don't and these days there are only few, will spring open in the oven and you will have an oozy mess. Place the Camembert on an oven proof dish, pierce the top with a knife and insert thin slivers of garlic. Dribble a little olive oil on the top and finally sprinkle on a few herbs of choice, this time I used lemon thyme. bake in a hot oven, 200C for 15 minutes until the whole of the center of the cheese is molten. Serve directly with flat breads.
These flat breads can easily be made with other wheat or rye flours if wished, you can flavour them with herbs or a little grated Parmesan.
Posted by Tôbi at 16:26