I used my Flatbread Recipe (that I just created today) to make a running photo diary of the process from beginning to end. I blogged as it happened (actually, more like soon thereafter). Just like I did for cinnamon rolls, sourdough bread, and challah.
I made some hummus yesterday which means that I need some flatbread for dipping. Don’t buy the flatbread in a store, it’s easy to make. Just like making pancakes. (By the way, don’t buy your hummus ready made as well. Just get some dried garbanzo beans (a/k/a chickpeas), soak overnight, then simmer until tender (30-45 minutes). Cool. Chop in a food processor until smooth with tahini, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. Takes about 15 minutes. Better than any hummus you can get in the store).
I thought 1000 grams (2.2 pounds) of flatbread would be a good amount. So I used my handy dandy application. I wanted a 66% hydration dough (actually, it could be 65% but I thought I would use 66% to show off the ease of the application). 2.3% salt and 1% each of yeast and oil.
So using my application, I need 590 grams flour, 385 grams water, 14 grams salt, about 6 grams yeast. The order into the mixing bowl is water, yeast, flour.
I put the ingredients in the mixing bowl except for the salt and about 190 grams of the flour.
I then mixed for two minutes.
After letting rest for 25 minutes (autolyse period).
Add in salt and remaining flour.
After kneading for two minutes.
Flatbread dough knead complete – 66% hydration
Moving flatbread dough into rising bowl – 66% hydration. Bowl must be oiled.
Flatbread dough before balling – 66% hydration
Flatbread Dough Balled – 66% hydration
It needs to rise for about an hour. Covered, of course.
Raised Flatbread Dough
Flatbread Dough on Working Area
Flatbread dough divided
Flatbread Rolled Out
HINT – When rolling out dough, allow it to rest between working with the dough. It needs time to relax (don’t we all). If you’re fighting with the dough, it means you didn’t give it enough time to relax. Also, you do not have to use a rolling pin. You can use your hands just like making a pizza.
Flatbread cooking in pan – no oil
HINT – Use Non-Stick Pan
Flatbread bottom after cooking for 1 minute
Flatbread done 2-3 minutes
HINT – Can make pizza using this method. Just add tomato sauce and cheese. Can make a great charred pizza.
Charred Flatbread – Just Use Higher Heat Or Longer Cooking Time
Plate of flatbread
Homemade Hummus and Flatbread – Time to Eat
HINT: Freeze any leftover flatbread. Just toast when you need a slice.
Keep It Simple