Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Flat Bread

I still volunteer to teach home ec for our little school.  Recently another person has offered to come and help me.  She used to be a home ec teacher.  Can't beat that kind of volunteer!
She showed me the kids how to make flat bread this week.
It was a simple recipe though it does take awhile to bake it all(it's a big batch).  She assures me that flat bread will keep for a long time.
This flat bread is a lot like a cracker and the kids all agreed it is better than a cracker!

The one odd ingredient is graham flour, which bran flour can be used in it's place. 



 Up north here this flour is only available at our local health store.  
Just so you aren't looking for it high and low at your regular grocer.

Close up of the bran flour.

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, add oil.
Slowly stir in boiling water until it's the right consistency for rolling.
If you have a mixer with a dough hook this would be a great time to use it.

It will look something like this.


Working with a pastry board helps things run a little more smoothly.
Mix flour and bran flour together to sprinkle the rolling surface.


After thinly rolling out the dough fold in half.  This will make transferring to cookie sheet easier.


Unfold after you place it on cookie sheet.


Cut into squares with a pizza cutter.


Place in oven until brown.


This recipe makes quite a big batch. 
Here's my jar full minus a lot that have been eaten already. 





Recipe:
2 2/3 cups graham or bran flour
2 2/3 cups white flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 T. salt
1 cup oil 
2 cups boiling water

Preheat oven to 325 degree and bring 2 cups of water to a boil.

 Add all dry ingredients to bowl and slowly add oil as you stir(similar to making a pie crust).
Slowly add boiling water.  Mix to consistency for rolling.
Use a mixture of 1/2 cup white flour and 1/2 cup bran flour for rolling on.
Roll thinly.
Fold in half and place on cookie sheet.  
Unfold and cut with a pizza cutter.
Bake until brown.


Delicious with cheese, butter, cream cheese, jam, honey, plain, and I am sure many other ways!

Next week she's showing the me the kids how to make homemade noodles.  I can't wait!  I have never tried my own noodles.  I guess we are never too old for a home ec class.


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