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GBBO Inspired Flatbreads

Wednesday 5 September 2012
One afternoon in the holidays my 3 girls were hungry and restless so we decided to make some Flatbreads inspired by those we saw on The Great British Bake Off.  Here's how we got on.

Mix together the following ingredients in a large bowl:

6 cups plain flour
2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 sachet instant dried yeast (7g instant yeast)
2 Tblsp olive oil
625ml warm water (approximately)

Mix everything together to form a soft dough, turn it on to a lightly floured surface, adding more flour if necessary, then knead until the dough is smooth and springy.  It took us about 8 - 10 minutes with each of my 3 girls having a turn to knead the dough.

Put the dough in a clean, lightly greased bowl and cover the bowl with greased cling film.  Leave aside in a warm place until doubled in size.  Alternatively if you are impatient and really hungry you can use the microwave dough rising method.  Microwave the bowl of dough on low power for 1 minute. Rest the dough for 10 minutes then repeat this process once more.  After the second rest the dough should have doubled in size. 

Knock the dough back and then knead it lightly on a floured surface.  Divide into however many pieces you like.  Roll and stretch each piece of dough into rough rectangles or ovals then transfer to lined baking trays.  

Add the toppings of your choice and bake in a preheated oven at 210°C for 20-30 minutes. We used cinnamon sugar for the sweet ones and tomato paste with grated mature cheddar for the savoury ones.  Once baked your flatbreads should be golden and sound hollow if you tap their bottoms. *snigger*

Other flavour combinations that we have used in the past include:

Thyme, bacon and goats' cheese: Spread the shaped dough with tomato paste, scatter over some finely chopped bacon, crumble over goats' cheese then sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves.  Bake as above.

Fruity Flatbreads: knead through some mixed dried fruit and 1 - 2 tsp of mixed spice then bake as above.

Many thanks to my 12yo who took the photos and took charge of the making of these flatbreads.  She was a star, albeit a rather hard taskmaster. lol I think she'll make a fab teacher one day, not sure her younger sisters would entirely agree with me though! ;o)

1 comment:

  1. I was inspired by this too... I love yours covered in cheese! Fab stuff, time to get baking!!


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