Friday, November 12, 2010

Spelt Flat Bread (low gluten)

We went out to eat and had some delicious flat bread. It wasn't whole grain, but I wanted to come home and try making it. I have made flat bread before, but wanted to do some more experimenting. I was happy with the results. My daughter was eating it last night and said, "This really tastes good". =) Those are nice words to hear. You can buy flat breads in the store but they are pretty expensive. A flat bread is thicker than a tortilla and softer. This was an easy process you can do in a bread mixer or food processor.

1 T yeast
1/2 tsp honey
1 3/4 C spelt flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 T thyme
1/2 to 3/4 C warm water
1 T olive oil


1.In a bread mixer or food processor combine. yeast, honey, flour, salt and thyme. Pulse or mix to combine. Add the water in small amounts till the dough forms into a ball. Then you can take the ball out of the bowl. Put a little olive oil on your hands. Turn the dough onto the a board and knead with the heel of your hand until the dough is smooth and elastic. It should take about 5 min. You want the dough to be firm, yet still moist to the touch.

2.Pour 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a bowl. Put the dough in the bowl and turn until it is all coated with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise till double. About 45 min.

3. When the dough doubles in size punch down. Put more oil on your hands and form into small balls, depending on the size you want. I made 3 large flat breads with this recipe, so I rolled them into 3 balls. Take one ball and roll it out till it is about 1/8" thick. In the meantime cover the other balls with plastic so they don't dry out.

4. Heat a fry pan on medium high heat and pour in a couple tsp of olive oil. Let heat up and then place the rolled out dough into the pan. Let cook until it begins to bubble and then turn over and cook the other side. Take out in 2 to 3 min. Roll out the other balls while you are cooking the first one.

5. I then put on some shredded cooked chicken cooked with a couple garlic cloves, roasted tomatoes, Parmesan cheese. You could put on whatever topping you want. You don't want much liquid or the bread will get soggy. I heated them up in the oven just a couple min. to soften the cheese just a bit. It is not necessary to do so. It was a nice easy meal. It served 4 of us.

The variations of toppings are endless. The thyme taste in the dough was a nice addition. It gave it a nice flavor. I will be making these again soon. =)

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