bcmom's kitchen

bcmom's kitchen

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Roti - Flat Indian Bread

While we're on the topic of flatbread...

One of my friends posted this video on facebook.  I am really going to have to try these.

She makes it look pretty easy, and they look really good.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Olive Oil Flatbread

When I posted the recipe for the flatbread I made Peggy last year, Zemanta suggested this - Olive oil adds snap to Sardinian flatbread.  It looked really good, but I forgot all about it, until this week.  So today I tried it.

  • 2 C flour
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt
  • 1⁄3 C olive oil
  • 1⁄2 C water
  • Sea salt, optional
  1. Heat the oven to 500°.
  2. Put flour, salt and olive oil in a food processor. Once the machine is on, add water. Continue to run the machine until the dough forms a firm ball, rides around on the blade and is not at all sticky. (If you prefer, whisk together the water and oil and add this to the machine all at once.)
  3. Cut the dough into 12 small balls and flatten each into a 3- to 4-inch patty. On a well-floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll each patty into a 6- to 8-inch circle. The dough should be so thin you can almost see through it.
  4. Put the dough on ungreased cookie sheets, sprinkle with sea salt if you like, and bake for about 2 to 3 minutes, keeping a very close eye on the breads — they can burn very quickly. Once they begin to puff up and brown, flip and cook for another minute or so. Repeat with all the dough and let cool completely.
Makes 12

    This really was easy to make.  I'd never made dough with my food processor before, so that was new.  It worked really well.  The trick was to keep things going - getting the dough rolled out while keeping an eye on the ones in the oven.  I did pretty good, though.  Only one got a little dark, and even that one tasted good.  These have a really nice flavor, and we're really liking them.  I'm not sure what to store them in, because they're so crispy I can only get a few in a gallon-size zipper bag.  I don't know how long they'll last anyway...
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    Tuesday, April 19, 2011

    Whole Wheat Flatbread

    The last couple years I've been making my Oatmeal Bread recipe for Unleavened Bread - just not using yeast and rolling it into 4 approximately 8-inch rounds to bake.  It's soft and chewy and yummy.  But, I still like the thin, crunchy stuff, so I make this too.  I took some last night for Night to Be Observed and again today for the 1st Day of Unleavened Bread, and it was really popular.  I find that it's hard to stop eating it.

    Whole Wheat Flatbread

    • 4 cups whole wheat flour
    • 1-1/2 tsp. salt
    • 3 T. butter
    • 2 T. vegetable oil
    • 1 cup water
    1. Mix salt and flour; cut softened butter into small pieces and cut into flour as for pastry.
    2. Mix oil and water and add to butter/flour mixture.  Mix and knead lightly.
    3. Pinch of 1/3 cup of dough.  Pat as thin as possible; then roll a little thinner with rolling pin.  Flip and repeat as needed until dough is so thin it just holds together without breaking when handled.
    4. Place on ungreased baking sheet and mark into squares.
    5. Bake at 400° 8-12 minutes of until puffed and lightly browned; break apart and cool on a wire rack.  Repeat with the rest of the dough.

    I'm not sure I roll it quite that thin, but it is pretty thin.  Also, I've found that baking this on a pizza pan works really well.  That way you don't have to worry about whether or not it fits on your cookie sheet.

    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    Butternut and Potato Bake

    This is so good and so easy.  I don't really know what I should call it - it needs a creative name.  Anyway, my mother-in-law was the one who got me started making this.  Before that I always thought of Butternut squash as a sweet thing, for pies or to be baked with brown sugar and cinnamon.  This is better!  Or as good, in a different way.

    Butternut and Potato Bake

    • 1/2 lb. ground beef
    • chopped onion
    • chopped green pepper
    • Butternut squash (cubed)
    • Potatoes (peeled and cubed)
    • olive oil
    • salt & pepper to taste
    • 1 can (14 oz.) diced tomatoes, with juice
    1. Brown ground beef with onion and pepper; drain fat.
    2. Grease a 13x9" pan and add the squash and potatoes.  Note, there are no real measurements here; just throw in whatever looks good.
    3. Add browned beef, drizzle with some olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
    4. Spread tomatoes on top and bake at 375° for an hour or more, stirring once or twice, until squash and potatoes are soft.
    5. Enjoy!

    Cook this for at least an hour.  Longer, and the potatoes and squash get browned and roasted and yummy, which I really like.  It all depends on what you like and how much time you have.

    Wednesday, April 6, 2011


    I'm trying to install a new comment system, but it's only supposed to be on new posts.  So, I need a new post to test it and see if it worked.  I may or may not leave this post once I figure it out.

    Probably not.  It has nothing to do with food.

    Sunday, April 3, 2011

    Gourmet Chicken Garlic Pizza

    Our favorite pizza at Papa Murphy's is the Gourmet Chicken Garlic Pizza, so when I found this recipe at Babblelots, I had to grab it.  I must try this!

    Knock off pizza recipe of
    Gourmet Chicken Garlic Pizza 

    • 2/3 cup ranch dressing
    • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon minced garlic
    (mix together)
    • 12 ounces (3 cups shredded) mozzarella cheese
    • 2 ounces (1/2 cup shredded) cheddar cheese
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 grilled chicken breast, sliced
    • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
    • 1/4 cup (packed) coarsely slice green onion tops
    Make your dough and put the sauce over then add half of cheese then the toppings
    Last add the rest of cheese
    There ya go!


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    Friday, April 1, 2011

    Cinnamon Swirl Bake (Revisited)

    Or, how I took a quick recipe and made it take 500 times longer!

    Sourdough Cinnamon Swirl Bake

    Mix together, cover, and allow to sit, several hours or overnight, until bubbly.  Then add:
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup butter OR margarine, melted
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 cups flour
    Mix well, cover and allow to sit for a couple hours. Then, spread batter into greased 13x9" pan.  It will be thick. 

    Cinnamon Mixture
    • 3 tablespoons butter OR margarine, softened
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1. Combine cinnamon mixture in a small bowl by mixing with fork; spread evenly over batter. Using fingers, poke topping thoroughly into batter. 
    2. Cover and let sit for about an hour, then refrigerate overnight.  When ready to bake, remove pan from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for a half hour or so. Place in a COLD oven; set temperature to 350°F and bake 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned and firm in center.
    3. Cool 10 minutes. Combine icing ingredients and drizzle over warm cake.
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
    • 1 tablespoon butter OR margarine, melted
    • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    Nobody tell my husband that, as I was posting this recipe I realized that I had basically doubled the batter, but I forgot to double the cinnamon topping.  It looked like I had plenty when I poked it in, but we'll see in the morning.  So, for now, this is how I did it.  If it doesn't seem like enough, I'll change it.

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