Persian Flatbread

by simplylife on February 13, 2013

Nemo. The historic blizzard that just hit New England. I’m sure you’re all aware of it.

If you felt its effects, did you stay inside, watch extra movies and pull out all the makings for hot chocolate?  Did you bundle-up and brave the snow; shoveling, making snow balls and catching a rare glimpse of the city at a standstill?

Or were you at home, somewhere warmer and west of the storm?  Watching the weather on your T.V. and feeling grateful that you could still get out-and-about as you needed?

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Though my home is in Boston, I was on the other end of the storm and felt its effects through canceled flights and standby seats.  I’m now back in town and grappling with many others to find parking and keep my toes warm through the slush.

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Whether or not you’re still trying to shovel your car outside of that parking spot, or feeling grateful that the only snow you see is on a T.V. screen, we can all look forward to warm, fresh bread after a winter’s day.  This Persian Flatbread has that perfect texture that’s soft and doughy on the outside and crisp and crunchy on the outside.  The roomal (a flour paste that sounds a lot more intimidating than it is) gives it an almost buttery taste.  This pairs well with an infinite number of recipes and will make a winter storm something to look forward to.

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Persian Flatbread

by Simply Life

Adapted from Food & Wine

Keywords: bake appetizer bread side vegetarian vegan

Ingredients (2 flatbreads)

  • 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. olive oil plus more for coating bowl
  • 1 tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbs. poppy seeds (you can also use a mixture with sesame seeds)

Instructions

1. In bowl of standing mixer mix together 2 cups warm water with yeast. Let stand 5 minutes. Add bread flour and salt. Using dough hook (or kneading by hand), mix at medium speed until a loose dough forms. Increase speed to medium-high and mix until dough is smooth, about 4-5 minutes.

2. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and cover with a cloth. Let stand in draft-free area for 1 hour.

3. Punch down dough and separate into 2 even pieces; shape each into an oval. Cover and let rise 1 hour.

4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, stir together all-purpose flour, sugar, 1 tsp. olive oil and 1/2 cup water. Cook over medium heat, whisking, until a past has formed, about 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.

5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Set a pizza stone on the lowest rack in oven, allowing it to heat in the oven at least 30 minutes before using. If only using half of dough, place other half in refrigerator for later use.

6. Place dough on lightly floured surface. Roll dough into rectangle/oval, about 14 x 5 inches. Using your index or middle finger, press finger flat onto dough, forming 5 length-wise ridges. Spread about half the flour paste onto top of dough and sprinkle with half the poppy seeds.

7. Place onto pizza stone coated in cornmeal. Bake about 18 minutes, until golden brown. Serve and enjoy.

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  • Belinda @zomppa

    I miss that of snow, I admit! This is a bread to cozy up to for sure.

  • http://www.singerskitchen.com/ Singerinkitchen

    YUM! This looks delicious! We hardly got hit here and I was grateful. I so did not want to be stuck at home having a baby.

  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    This looks soooo good! So. Good.
    I was out of town for the storm…snuck out Thursday night before it hit. But coming back to it was not easy!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    I love flatbread! My family and I go to this Persian restaurant in the city fairly often and theirs is the absolute best. It’s different from this one, though, so I’m excited to give this one a try :D

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oooh I’d love to know what it’s like at the restaurant! Is there a link to it?

      • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

        Unfortunately not :( The main difference that I can see is that there aren’t any poppy seeds on it.

  • http://megan-deliciousdishings.blogspot.com/ Megan

    I saw this recipe and immediately flagged it but I haven’t gotten around to making it yet. Looks amazing in your pictures! We were definitely here for Nemo… it was really nice to be snowed in though.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh you should definitely make it!

  • a farmer in the dell

    I love flatbread. This is going straight into my MUST make soon list! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/ Bianca Garcia

    I was actually out of town when Nemo hit (I was in Vermont, where it also snowed, but it wasn’t as crazy) and when I got back to Cambridge, it looked like a winter wonderland! This flatbread looks great, something to look forward to at the end of a cold day!

  • http://twitter.com/The_S_Pumpkin Scrumptious Pumpkin

    I love flatbread but never think to make it at home. Love this simple recipe – this fresh, homemade version looks so tasty and absolutely worth the time! :)

  • AlchemyInTheKitchen

    Thankfully, I’m way too far away to have felt the effects. However, I love when snow stops play and I can snuggle down in front of the fire with good things to eat. Lovely, lovely bread – perfect for keeping occupied during bad weather, or at any other time.

  • Janel G

    In my area of Michigan we got about 8-inches of snow from Nemo. Enough to close schools for the day, but everything was almost back to normal by the evening. I love flatbread. I think there’s another snow storm coming tomorrow…sounds like a good reason to give this a try. :)

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Hope you stay safe and warm in the storm!

  • yummychunklet

    How very delicious. I bet it was great for snacking!

  • http://www.acambridgestory.com Emily

    Ugh what a drag to be stuck on the other end of the storm. Glad you are back in Boston and in the kitchen!

  • http://twitter.com/Daisy_III Kristen

    i loved every moment of the storm and was definitely lucky not to loose power!!

  • http://twitter.com/bake4happykids Zoe

    I’ve heard of the snow storm from my cousin living in NY… I can imagine it must be very cold at your place too. This delicious bread and soup would warm you well indoor.

  • http://twitter.com/chowandchatter RebeccaSubbiah RD ✈

    this bread looks so good and pleased your ok

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    We’ve been having pretty insane winter storms this winter – cars literally buried in snow. We’ve had about 3. The effects were not felt as much as they would have been elsewhere, because that isn’t out of the ordinary for our winters (a little crazy, but not unheard of). Your flat bread looks PERFECT!!! I am bookmarking this one!

  • Angela Harrell

    That looks amazing!!

  • camille

    25 inches in beautiful Roslindale! I spent 2 straight hours shoveling the next morning, while it was still snowing (dumb?). The best part was the next day, when the main road our street connects to had been plowed, but ours had not – so that made a wall at the end of our street. We’re on a hill, so this meant our street was safe for the neighborhood kids to sled on!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      haha, oh wow! I hope you took some pictures! that sounds like fun!

  • http://bite-sized-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Kari

    We’re kind of sweltering down here in Australia, which makes it hard to fully appreciate the severity of snow, but I do hope the weather settles down soon for all affected. This flatbread looks gorgeous regardless of temperature :)

  • itzyskitchen

    It has been raining here like CRAZY…but I kept reminding myself of the cold up north and was grateful for the rain. This bread looks so delicious. I love flatbread. Hope you’re doing well. Happy Valentine’s!

  • decocinasytacones

    Thank god we don´t get much snow in here, up in the mountains yes, but at sea level not much. In any case, with snow or without it, with rain or without it, with low temperatures or extreme heat, I could eat your wonderful bread. It looks fantastic.
    Love Marialuisa

  • Dianna

    Could you also add dried minced garlic and onion as well as sesame seeds to this? If so, would you add at the same time as the poppy seeds or would the dried minced garlic and onion mixture need to be soaked or something first? An everything foccacia bread would be marvelous!!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh I’m sure that would be a great addition! I would probably briefly saute the onions and garlic prior to putting them on the flatbread and then bake it all together. I actually did something similar and will be posting about it soon!

  • Mom

    Wow, does this look good :) Oooh, how do I save recipes? This would be definitely joining my list!! How weird, using a frying pan to make bread…cool!

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