Flat bread is one of the easiest types of bread to make and whip up a whole platter relatively quick.
Plus, it’s a very interactive bread making experience that kids and other adults can enjoy as well. Flat bread can be very tasty and nutritious, while there are also others that are simple and fat-free. Here are some fundamental basics behind making a good, tasty flat bread.
The all-around Versatile flat bread approach
If you want the genuine flat bread experience that can pair well with both Indian and Mexican cuisine (thus creating an all-around versatile tasting experience), you’ll want to mix a variety of flour.
Get a cup of white all-purpose flour and a cup of whole wheat flour. Add 1 package of dry yeast to the dry flour. Then, add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
If you’re feeling adventurous, add in spices like rosemary, sesame seeds and garlic to elevate and add some gorgeous deep flavor. Then, mix all the dry ingredients very well. Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil into the dry mix using your hands.
Measure 1 cup of hot water in a measuring cup and 1 tablespoon of molasses or honey. Add these to the dry ingredients and mix together until you form a soft ball that is not very sticky.
Allow everything to rest for 30 minutes.
Divide the dough and form evenly round balls, making about 8 to 10 small balls. Cut the dough ball into 2, then half this again. Flatten the round balls using a rolling pin.
Allow the dough to rest for a few minutes, while waiting for the griddle to get warm. Cook the dough using medium high heat on a cast iron griddle or frying pan. When the bread puffs and bubbles, flatten using a spatula and push the air bubble around the inside before you press firmly to let go of the air.
Making Fat-Free Flat Bread
Fat-free flat bread presents lots of perks, namely in it’s lower fat content and the use of just 3 simple ingredients: baking powder, hot water, and flour.
Get 1 tablespoon of baking powder for every 2 cups of flour.
Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly, using the dough hooks in a mixer using relatively slow speed. If you don’t own a mixer, you can just use your trusty hands and a sturdy wooden spoon, making sure to knead your dough until it has a smooth consistency.
Add the hot water slowly until you form a thick and sticky ball. Use dry flour on both hands, on the counter and on the rolling pin to keep the dough from sticking. Hand knead the dough, making sure to not over knead.
Start forming dough balls about the size of a golf ball. Roll the dough into a circle about 1/8 inch thick. Then, cook the dough immediately over medium heat on a cast iron griddle or frying pan. Flip it once after the bubbles rise in the dough. Cover the cooked fried bread using a tea towel until everything is ready to eat.
Then, enjoy the flat bread and eat the same way you would a tortilla. For added yumminess, deep fry your flat bread with butter or sprinkle on some sugar and cinnamon to be enjoyed as a delectable dessert.