I gave it a go...and I'm hooked. It's one of those breads that if you use a little bit more of this or not enough of that, it doesn't really matter. I've made it twice this week and I've decided it's best dressed with parsely and finely sliced garlic. When it comes out of the oven, beware, hungry little critters (a.k.a - husband and children) will devour it in seconds and you'll wish you made a double batch!
500g flour (I used half 00 and half plain flour - just because)
2 tsps sugar
2 tsps salt
1.5 tsps dried yeast (or a sachet)
1 1/4 tbs olive oil
360ml warm water
2 tbs water
I made my dough in my Kitchen Aid, but you could easily make this by hand (ok, not easily as your hands will probably feel like sore after kneading for 15 minutes).
Method; put all the dry ingredients and oil into your Kitchen Aid bowl. With the dough hook attachment turn on to a slow speed and slowly tip in the water. It will appear to be too soggy but don't worry. turn off - wait 30 seconds, then turn back on for a few minutes. Repeat the stopping and starting for about 10 minutes.
Place the dough in a well oiled bowl and coat the top of the dough in a light layer of oil as well. I just used spray oil. Let it rest for one hour in a warm place so it can double in size.
Tip the dough onto a floured surface and break or cut into three even pieces and lightly stretch into a small oblong shape. Cover with a tea towel and let it rest for a further 15 minutes.
Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees and place dough peices onto a lined baking tray and stretch out a bit more. Make the egg wash and liberally apply to the top of the dough pieces. with your fingertips make dimples in the dough and then sprinkle with your choice of topping like sesame seeds, cumin seeds or my favourite parsley and garlic.
Put in a very hot oven for 8 minutes or until golden on top (I think mine take 11 minutes!)
Enjoy on it's own, with some dip or sliced open and made into a yummy foccacia!
ps - I'm still looking for lovely folk to come and adopt a Softie
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