The beauty of this bread is not only the ease of it, but the versatility. There are endless combinations of "add-ins" you can throw in there.
- Sauteed Veggies like: bell peppers or onions.
- Sun Dried Tomatoes
- Nuts and Seeds
- Various Seasonings
- I am even thinking of experimenting with a sweet flat bread by adding cinnamon and brown sugar, and maybe raisins and walnuts, too.
I'll share what I did with this batch.
Italian Herb and Cheese Flat Bread
What You Need:
4- 4 1/2 cups flour (you can use bread flour, but all-purpose works well, too.)
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tsp salt
2 1/4 (or 1 packet) active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
3 TB milk
1 egg, at room temperature and beaten
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 cup shredded cheese of your choice
a bit of oil
What You Do:
- In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of the flour, the sugar, the salt, and the yeast.
- In a small bowl, combine the water, milk, and egg.
- Pour the liquid into the flour mixture and stir well. Add the remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, incorporating it into the dough well. Toward the end, you will be kneading the flour in. You may not need the entire 4 1/2 cups, so don't add so much that it is stiff.
- Knead for about 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough in an oiled bowl, flip the dough over, and cover the bowl with a clean dish towel. Place in a warm spot to rise for about an hour, until it has doubled in size.
- punch down the dough, and on a floured surface, knead in the cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic powder until it is well incorporated.
- Divide the dough into 14-16 equal pieces and roll each piece into a smooth ball. Place the balls of dough on an oiled tray or large cookie sheet, leaving room for rising. Cover with your dish towel, and let it rise 30-45 minutes, or until doubled in size.
- Heat your pan or griddle to around 325 degrees.
- Roll out one of the balls of dough into a 1/4 inch flat circle. Poke holes in it with a fork. Brush it with melted butter and place it butter side down in the pan. Brush butter on the top. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes, flip, and let it cook another 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan. (See pics below)
- Repeat with remaining dough. I rolled and prepared one ball of dough while another was cooking.
I served this batch with spaghetti (In fact, it was the same recipe I used here). It complimented our meal very well!