Note: Although I will have some new posts for you this week (I did them up ahead of time) I am taking a bit of a blog break which means I am going to try not to spend too much time on the computer! This is going to be hard because I love you all so much and love hearing from you! So please – still leave me comments. I promise I will read and respond to each of them after New Years! I want to focus in on my family and spending time with them while they are here – I have to enjoy it while I can! I hope you do the same!
Here it is, the recipe I promised you on Monday. I promise it was worth waiting for.
It is another winning recipe from Melanie over at My Kitchen Cafe.
Not only is this bread the perfect thing for the Chicken Gyro meat but it delicious plain – all by itself, nice and warm. Or maybe with a little honey butter or homemade jam?
Melanie used leftover bread to make mini pizzas – great idea!
I think it would also be great used for soft tacos.
One of my favorite ways to eat bread like this is with some yummy homemade hummus.
Not only is this bread yummy but it is fun to make. If you are scared of yeast bread/dough don’t be. I think you would have a hard time ruining this. It uses a rapid rise yeast so the yeast doesn’t have to be proofed – you just throw it right in with the flour!
After the dough rises and you have divided it, you roll each ball of dough out into a circle. The dough is then dry fried – no oil needed. You can use your electric griddle or a large frying pan.
Soft Wrap Bread
from My Kitchen Cafe
3 to 3 1/4 C unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 C boiling water
1/4 C potato flour OR 1/2 C potato buds or flakes (I used potato flakes)
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp instant yeast*
Place 2 cups of the flour into a bowl. Pour the boiling water over the flour, and stir till smooth. Cover the bowl and set the mixture aside for 30 minutes.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the potato flour (or flakes or buds) and 1 cup of the remaining flour with the salt, oil and yeast. Add this to the cooled flour/water mixture, stir, then knead for several minutes (by hand, mixer or bread machine) to form a soft dough. I did mine in my Kitchen-Aid.
Note: You can allow the dough to go through the entire kneading cycle(s) in the bread machine, but it’s not necessary; about a 5-minute knead in the machine, once it gets up to full kneading speed, is fine. The dough should form a ball, but will remain somewhat sticky (the dough is fairly stiff, so don’t be worried – just be careful not to overflour the dough). Add additional flour only if necessary; if kneading by hand, keep your hands and work surface lightly oiled. Let the dough rise, covered, for 1 hour (I let mine rise up to 2 hours).
Divide the dough into 8 even pieces, cover, and let rest for 15 to 30 minutes. Roll each piece into a 7- to 8-inch circle, and dry-fry them (fry without oil) on a griddle or frying pan over medium heat for about 1 minute per side (I cooked mine about 2-3 minutes per side and they didn’t dry out), until they’re puffed and flecked with brown spots. Adjust the heat if they seem to be cooking either too quickly, or too slowly; cooking too quickly means they may be raw in the center, while too slowly will dry them out. Transfer the cooked breads to a wire rack, stacking them to keep them soft. Serve immediately, or cool slightly before storing in a plastic bag.
*This recipe works best with instant yeast because it dissolves during the kneading process, so you don’t have to knead liquid into the dough. If you really prefer to use active dry yeast, use only 1 cup boiling water for the initial dough, dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup warm water, and add this mixture to the dough along with the potato flour mixture. It’ll be somewhat “slippery” at first, but will knead in and eventually become smooth.