A flatbread made on griddle ... my improvised focaccia..
Bread making is scary for many people and they keep asking for new ways to make the process easier , they want more and more foolproof recipes if something like that exist in baking breads . My long time readers would know that i love the process of baking breads and it is therapeutic for me . I feel great when the dough comes alive under my skin . Yes , i like kneading the dough using my hands . Breads baked once in a week or so make life easier otherwise . But what if the process of baking looks like a terror to someone ?
I received a few ( 3 to be precise) requests for breads made on griddle . Now that we already have our kulchas and naans to call as yeasted breads, what other bread could be more bread like in taste and aroma. Kulchas and naans never give that baked bread aroma in the kitchen . They cook quickly before the yeasty vapors make their way to your nostrils. The air pockets and the bread aroma had to be worked for . I made a simple Focaccia on griddle, as only a flat bread can be made easily on griddle , and that too after some modifications in the dough consistency .
It would be delightful to know that this bread is made with 100% whole wheat flour plus some added wheat bran and is and instant recipe . The yeasted dough takes around 30 minutes to rise when kept at 40 degree C* . After that it is as easy to make as a pancake . Yes, pancake . The pancake with molasses i posted earlier is a precursor recipe of this bread . You get all the flavors of focaccia , only the texture of the bread will be a bit different , but equally enjoyable.
making the dough/batter...
ingredients required....for 10 flat breads
4 cups of whole wheat flour (atta)
4 tbsp of wheat bran
1.5 tbsp of fresh yeast (or a packet of dry active yeast)
1 tbsp of sugar
1 tsp of salt
warm water to make the dough
Now add the remaining flour and make a batter adding more water if required . Add the other ingredients too .
other ingredients to be added to the batter ...
chopped celery ribs and leaves 1.5 cup
sun dried tomatoes cut in to strips 1/4 cup
red chilly flakes 2 tsp
chopped garlic 1 tbsp
salt n pepper to taste
butter or olive oil to grease the griddle
onion rings and tomato slices to top the bread as required
olives also make good toppings but i use them rarely ...
I prefer the homemade ones because they are not drowned in oil and salt and are the best possible flavors as they are plump and leathery to chew on.
Now mix the batter which is a real thick batter bordering on being a dough .
Ladle some of the dough on a hot greased griddle , spread lightly with the tines of a fork . Spread sliced onions and tomato slices over it.
Wait till the underside is lightly browned , you will be able to see fluffing up of the bread and browning the edges . Drop some oil or butter on the tomato slices and flip the bread over.
Wait again for the onion- tomato side to get browned lightly .
Serve the bread hot , warm or at room temperature . You might like some hot sauce with it as my brother asked for it .
You will see how this bread is very close to Focaccia ..... aroma , texture and all...
This bread makes a great tiffin box meal with a cabbage salad in mustard dressing ..... this is my idea of a healthy meal.
Now my friends know the bread could be made on griddle too...