Saturday, 24 September 2011

Flat Bread with Fennel & Caraway Seeds

I love caraway & fennel seeds on bread and the little flakes of salt crystals that you come across now and again on this bread are an extra little treat.

I wanted to make a tasty bread to go with the soup I was making for lunch. But there wasn't a lot of time so it needed to be one that could be made in the breadmaker. I also wanted it to be a little bit special as we're entertaining my father-in-law this weekend. After flicking through my recipe collection for inspiration, I cobbled together this recipe.

One of the great things about this bread is that it's quick & easy to make - 45 minutes of the breadmaker doing the manual work, about 20 minutes rising time and 20 minutes in the oven. That's only about 1.1/2 hours total which is pretty quick for a loaf of bread!

Flat Bread with Fennel & Caraway Seeds

Ingredients for Dough
2 tspns fast action dried yeast
250 g strong white flour
250 g Allinson Wholemeal Seed & Grain flour
3 tbspns olive oil
1 tspn brown sugar
1 tspn salt
150 ml semi skimmed milk
150 ml water

Ingredients for Seed Mix
Fennel seeds
Caraway seeds
Maldon sea salt crystals

Add the dough ingredients to the breadmaker pan, in the usual order required by your machine and and set it to either the dough or pizza programme, When the programme has finished, remove from the breadmaker and roll out into a rough rectangle about 1.5 cm thick. Transfer to a baking sheet.

Brush water over the top of the bread and sprinkle the seed mix over the top. Press the seeds in lightly with the rolling pin. Score the dough lightly with a sharp knife to divide into 12 portions. Portioning it isn't really necessary but I do it because I like to know what calories/fat etc I'm feeding to myself and my family! Then just leave in a warm place until it has risen a bit. Preheat the oven while you're waiting.

Bake in a preheated oven at Gas Mark 6 for 20 minutes, or until cooked.

Approximate Nutritional Values per Serving
CaloriesFatSat FatProteinCarbsSugar
179 Kj4.60.816.127.51.7

It went really well with the Chicken & Broccoli soup that we had for lunch.


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