I love bread! I love bread so much that I rarely make it. You see, that warm
baking-in-the-oven smell that bread emits is just too irresistible. If I make a loaf, I eat a loaf...before the end of the day. Lately I've been enamored by flat breads. They are found all over the world. It seems every country has one, or two, or three. This recipe I've been working on since I tasted a grilled flatbread we bought frozen at an Asian market. I still haven't mastered a replication of that one, but this is a version that works for me. I can make a small amount for dinner in a short period of time, and when I've eaten my share, it's gone, and I haven't gained another pound. This is a fusion type flatbread that starts out with an Indian style puri dough, using a Chinese style roll as in scallion bread, and then grilled on the stove-top grill pan. It works wonderfully on an outdoor grill too. It's a great accompaniment to all things grilled. Today I had it for lunch along with a healthy salad. See....balance, and portion control! I'm learning.
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Step 1: Gather Ingredients
prep time: 30 minutes or less
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3-4 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
1/3 cup warm water
1 large or 2 small cloves garlic, finely minced
Step 2: Make the Dough
I made my breads by hand, but they could probably more easily made in a food processor (if mine wasn't broken) I'll give directions for both.
Combine the flours, baking powder, and salt in a shallow bowl. Add 1 tablespoon coconut oil and "smoosh" the fat between your fingers, incorporating it into the flour, until the lumps of fat are about the size of a tiny pea. Gradually add the water, stirring with your fingers until the dough comes together. Knead a minute or two. Cover with a towel while you mince the garlic and melt the rest of the coconut oil. (20 seconds in a microwave)
In food processor place the flours, baking powder and salt. Process for a few seconds to combine. Add the oil and process about 10 seconds more to incorporate the fat. Turn on the machine and pour the water through the top feed tube. Process until the dough is formed. Turn off the machine and let it rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile mince the garlic and melt the coconut oil in the microwave for 20 seconds.
Step 3: Form the Breads
Divide the dough into 4 portions and flatten each one into a disk. Roll out into a rectangular shape, about 10 x 5. Brush with melted coconut oil and sprinkle with 1/4 of the garlic. Roll up starting on the long edge. Now you have a long rope. Twist into a coil, tucking the end under the bottom. Smash with your hand to flatten it. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Chill for a few minutes in the freezer while you heat the grill pan to medium high.
Step 4: Roll and Grill
Roll out the dough "snails" into flat disks about 6-7-inches in diameter. Brush with additional coconut oil on both sides. Grill until golden brown on both sides, about 4 minutes total.
Step 5: Cut and Eat
Cut into wedges and enjoy with toppings, or dips, or just "as is" with salad or soup.
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