Flatbread with Fennel Seeds
...For Flatbread Dough...
1/2 cup 110 degree water
1 packet instant yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
1 1/4 cup water, room temperature
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups bread flour (plus extra for work surface)
1 1/2 tsp salt
Pam cooking spray
- In a large measuring cup with a spout, add 110-degree water. Gently sprinkle in the yeast and let stand for 5 minutes, until the yeast dissolves. Add remaining water and olive oil and stir.
- In an 11-cup (or larger) food processor with the dough attachment, pulse together the flour and salt. Continue pulsing while pouring in the liquid ingredients (reserving a few tbsp if necessary). Add the reserved liquid if the dough doesn't become a ball. Process the dough about 30 seconds longer, until smooth and elastic.
- Transfer the dough to a floured work surface, knead it slightly and roll it into a ball. Place dough ball into a large bowl sprayed with Pam. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let rise about 1 1/2-2 hours in a warmed room, until the dough has doubled in size. I usually turn the oven on to about 150 degrees and place the dough to rise on top of the oven. When dough has risen, deflate it by punching it with your fist. Divide the dough into 6 even balls. Depending on how many you want to make, you can either place some doughs individually in freezer bags and freeze, or roll dough out (see below for tips on rolling it out) and bake your flatbread immediately. Makes dough for 6 flatbreads.
...Baking the Flatbreads...
1 flatbread dough
about 1 tsp fennel seeds
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees, with baking stone inside, on the lowest rack for 40 minutes-1 hour. The bottom of the flatbread won't crisp and will stick if the stone isn't hot enough.
- Roll out each flatbread dough on a well-floured pizza paddle. Use a rolling pin so that the dough becomes 1/4-inch thick. The beauty of flatbread is that it can be any shape, so don't worry about creating a perfect circle. While you are rolling out one dough, keep the others covered with plastic wrap so they don't dry out.
- Sprinkle dough with fennel seeds, salt and pepper, then roll them into the dough with the rolling pin.
- Carefully, transfer the flatbread from the paddle by tipping it gently to the heated baking stone. Bake for about 5-6 minutes or until beginning to brown. Remove from oven using the paddle.
- Cut into 4 slices using a pizza cutter or sharp knife. Serve warm. Each flatbread serves about 2. Repeat with remaining dough.
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