What is flat bread? I don't know, I just can't think of another name for it and I don't want to take Silvana's "slab" bread term. So, you get my Flat Bread..LOL I have tried so many types of breads...slabs, focaccia, loaf, etc..and always found myself not completely satisfied. Mostly because the bread is great when right out of the oven and then a few hours later it shrivels up, becomes gummy and some just don't taste right.
I make the bread and it does not last more than a day in my house. The kids love it too. So, I hope you enjoy the recipe, give it a try, share it and try it (even if you are not GF, because it is that good)..ENJOY!
|This is an close up picture so that you can see the crust and the airy insides. I love the rustic way the bread looks.|
1 cup of sweet sorghum
1/2 cup of millet
1/2 cup of white rice flour
1 cup of tapioca flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 tsp. xantham gum
2 T. sugar
1 1/2 cups of warm water
2 T. yeast
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
2 whole large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 tsp. vinegar
butter, herbs, seasonings for toppings
1. Mix the first 6 ingredients together. I use a whisk to make sure that it is well blended.
2. In a small bowl mix sugar, water and yeast. Let sit until yeast is frothy on top. If after 3-5 minutes your yeast has not done anything, you may need to try again or replace your yeast.
3. Combine the olive oil, eggs and vinegar in another small bowl. I do this to make sure that I don't accidentally crack any shells in the flour.
4. Combine the two liquids into the dry. You will notice that it takes a few minutes of stirring to become "gooey". The xantham gum is working but takes a minute. Using your hand mixer or large mixer, beat for 3 minutes. The dough does climb. I use a spatula to help keep it from reaching the top of the beaters.
5. Start preheating your oven to 400. Add your pizza stone. I don't use traditional cookie sheets. I like the stones because they create a wonderful crust on the bottom.
6. I get two sheets of parchment paper ready by sprinkling white rice flour first. The dough will be very, very soft and sticky. It's okay. Take a spoon and scoop the dough in two equal amounts on the parchment sheets. Sprinkle each pile with white rice flour, enough so that you can gently push the dough into rectangles. I usually try to make my shapes about 8 inches wide and 12 inches long. I try to make it about an inch thick or less. The more you spread our the thinner the bread will be. This is okay, it's up to how thick you like your bread for sandwiches and toast.
7. I let the bread rest for 30 minutes. It will rise, but not double. If you want to add olive oil, herbs or seasonings, this can be done now. Just use a small amount of oil and brush gently over the top and sprinkle your toppings to the desired amount.
|This is the flat bread right before I put it into the oven.|
|This recipe makes these two loaves of flat bread.|
|I finally have a bread that holds up for a sandwich, with tons of toppings! YUM|
I store the extra bread in wax paper, wrapped in foil.