Three Things; Monday Lunch – Easy Tasty Flatbread
Monday lunch today are easy tasty flatbreads, these beauties are very simple to make but make you feel like a proper chef when you make them.
To make them you will need…
250g strong bread flour (white or brown as you like)
1/2 teaspoon of salt or less if you are feeling virtuous (don’t leave it out altogether otherwise your bread will be very bland)
1/2 to 1 tsp coriander seeds (we didn’t have any today so used ground coriander instead)
1/2 to 1 tsp smoked paprika
4 tbsp of olive oil
100ml warm water
* Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl until it is a homogenous mixture (sorry once a scientist, always a scientist) That is to say all one colour and texture, no great clumps of paprika for example.
* make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and tip in the liquids.
* combine with a wooden spoon or better still your fingers until you have a dough that you can turn out on to a worktop or table. Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic, don’t add any more flour, the dough shouldn’t stick to your surfaces because of the oil in it.
* split the dough into five or six pieces and roll out into roundish or oval shapes.
* heat a griddle pan, a heavy bottomed cast iron one is wonderful but any frying pan you have about will be good too. Brush or spray a tiny bit of oil on the pan to start you off. Cook on one side until the translucency of the dough has started to disappear and you are getting some nice brown spots appearing, the dough may puff up in the pan or not – either is fine. Turn the flatbread and cook the other side.
* eat almost immediately if you can!
Cook for as long as you like, some people will prefer a more crispy bread with charred bits and some a more chewy soft texture. Experiment and find which you prefer.
This is great with any rice dish or to dip in garlic olive oil or any manner of chutneys relishes and dips. Why not experiment with substituting different spices or using flavoured oil? Let us know if you try anything good or anything truly terrible.