Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday Foto: Flatbread

Sticking with yesterday's theme of Marin's first birthday party, we served up a spread of appetizers for our (her) guests. They included crudites, a hummus Kelli whipped up, and a gluten-free flatbread that I made. (Motivated by successes with some of my recent pizza creations, I've been continuing to experiment with other types of breads...)

The flatbreads had a nice chewy texture, good crumb, and our gluten-free and non-gluten-free guests alike enjoyed it. (Whew!) Here's what you need to know:

1 tbsp sugar
1 cup warm water
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 2/3 cups Artisan Gluten-Free Flour Blend
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp salt
1 large egg
2 tbsp olive oil

1. In a medium bowl, dissolve the sugar in the warm water, add the yeast, stir, and set aside. Give it about five minutes or so to let the yeast activate and become foamy.
2. Beat the egg and olive oil together, and then add to the bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, xanthan gum and salt. Then add to the bowl with the liquids.
4. Mix until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. (I usually do this step by hand with a fork.)
5. Cover, place in a warm location, and let rise for about 20 minutes (until the dough has roughly doubled in size).
6. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and butter two 9-inch round cake pans.
7. Divide the dough into two equal parts, and using a spatula, evenly spread each half of dough into the round cake pans. (Coating your spatula with non-stick spray or olive oil helps.)
8. Bake for 25 minutes, or until done and cooked to your preferred degree of golden/brown-ness.

For the party, I transferred the flatbreads to a wire rack to allow them to cool completely, and then used a pizza cutter to slice them into wedges. Enjoy!

- Pete


gfe--gluten free easily said...

Yet another recipe of yours that would be well worth making. :-) I'm sure the flatbread wedges were popular at Marin's birthday party. Perfect accompaniment to the other goodies.


Stephanie @ said...

Peter - WOW ! this looks truly wonderful. I am going to make this today. Thanks so much for such a beautiful inspiring recipe :)

MaryBeth said...

Peter - this looks great! I've been looking for a gf flatbread to feed my old hummas and tzatziki (snack!) addiction so I'm going to try this one over the holidays! Thanks!

Michelle said...

I literally JUST discovered my husband may have a gluten allergy. Love this blog, definitely will be a frequent visitor and we move into this new lifestyle!

peterbronski said...

Hi Shirley, Stephanie and MaryBeth... Enjoy the flatbread!

Hi Michelle... welcome to NGNP! It's great that you're supporting your husband as he makes the transition to gluten-free living. If you ever have any questions, let me know.

Cheers, Pete