This week the I♥CC is going to make spreads or dips from the current chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall He says these
are the ideal partner to everything from hummus to salad, wrapping burgers, sausages, kebabs od other barbecued meat or vegetables, and for moping up a good wet curry or stew. They taste great fresh from the pan, sprinkled with sea salt an a little rapeseed oil.
Yield: 8 flatbreads
- 250 grams plain flour; wheat flour Type 550
- 1 teasp. fine sea salt
- 1 tablesp. rapeseed, olive or sunflower oil; Ulrike: rapeseed
- 150 ml warm water
- Sift the flour into a large bowl and add the salt. Add the oil to the warm water, then pour this liquid into the flour in a thin stream, stirring well with a wooden spoon or your hands to form a slightly sticky dough. Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured work surface and knead for about 5 minutes, until it feels smooth and plump, sprinkling on a little more flour only if the dough feels very sticky. Cover the ball of dough with the upturned mixing bowl and let it rest for at least 15 minutes.
- When you’re ready to cook and eat the flatbreads, roll the dough into a sausage shape and divide it into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. Flour the work surface and rolling pin, then roll out each ball of dough into a round 2-3mm thick, using plenty of flour as the dough is liable to stick.
- Place a heavy-based non-stick frying pan – or a cast-iron griddle – over a high heat and when it’s good and hot, turn the heat down a bit. Have ready a plate lined with a clean tea towel so you can put your cooked flatbreads on it to keep them warm and soft.
- Shake off any excess flour and carefully lay a flatbread in the hot pan. Let it sit for a minute or two, until the dough looks ’set‘ on top and is starting to lift away from the pan. Look at the underside and, if you can see dark brown patches forming, flip it over with a spatula or tongs. Cook the second side for 30-45 seconds. Wrap the cooked flatbread in the tea towel while you cook the others. If the flatbreads are colouring too quickly, lower the heat a bit.
- Serve the flatbreads while still soft and warm. Once cold, they won’t be quite the same. But they can be recycled by tearing them into pieces, brushing with a little oil, then crisping them up in a hot oven (at 220°C/Gas Mark 7) to make dipping chips, or flat croutons for soups and salads.
total time: 40 minutes
preparation time: 5 minutes
cooking/baking time: 3 minutes
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