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Moroccan Chickpea Flat Breads
Food and Wine Magazine's 2002 Cookbook:
An Entire Year's Recipes
Food & Wine Books, Editor in Chief Judith Hill, © 2002,
American Express Publishing Corp.
sixteen 6-inch loaves
“These flat breads are very quick to make as they need to rise only once.
They’re great for dipping in spreads and for stuffing with salads, salsas
and grilled meat.”
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons warm water
2 tablespoons honey
3 envelopes dry active yeast (2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon)
7 1/2 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting
One 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and coarsely mashed
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1. In a small skillet, toast the cumin and coriander seeds
over moderately high heat until fragrant, shaking the pan frequently, about
2 minutes. Transfer the spices to a spice grinder and let cool, then grind
2. In a small bowl, mix the warm water with the honey and yeast and let
stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. Put the 7 1/2 cups of flour in a large
bowl and stir in the chickpeas, spices and salt. Make a well in the center
of the flour and add the yeast mixture. Using a wooden spoon, stir the
mixture until the dough becomes very stiff.
3. Scrape the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead
until silky and smooth, about 5 minutes, adding more flour as necessary to
prevent sticking. Form the dough into a ball and return it to the bowl.
Cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm spot until doubled in bulk,
about 1 hour.
4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Punch down the dough and divide it
into 16 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a round ball and let rest on a
lightly floured work surface for 15 minutes.
5. Roll out each piece of dough to an irregular 6-inch oval. Working
quickly, set 4 of the flat breads directly on the rack in the upper third of
the oven and bake for about10 minutes, or until golden and puffed, like
pita. Using tongs, transfer the baked loaves to a rack to cool. Let the oven
return to 450 degrees F before baking the remaining flat breads. Serve warm.
- Jamie Oliver
ahead: The flat breads can be stored in a sturdy plastic bag at room
temperature for 2 days or frozen for 1 month. Reheat before serving.
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