It’s National Bread Week 16 – 22 April, 2013. Bread has been a part of our staple diet for over 5000 years. It all started in the stone age and has continued
to evolve from unleavened breads through natural ‘sourdough’ yeasts, brewers yeast breads and now the sourdoughs are coming back into favour again! And I’m sure you will agree there is nothing more
inviting than the smell of freshly baked bread. In honour of this celebration of baking bread, I have a couple of flatbreads to share with you.
I received this Mermaid Baking Sheet to help me with my bread baking. Mermaid is a range of hard anodised aluminium cookware that offers a solution for every culinary need.
Chorizo and Pepper Pizza
250g strong white bread flour
5g fast-action dried yeast
2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for oiling
180ml cool water
I used the bread maker and just put all the ingredients in the machine and set it for dough. However, if you don’t have one you can make it by hand.
Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and add the salt and the yeast keeping them away from each other. Add the olive oil and 150ml of the water and mix. Add the remaining water a little at a time until you have a smooth, soft dough.
Tip the dough onto an oiled surface and knead for 5-10 minutes until smooth. Leave to rise until doubled in size.
Meanwhile make your topping:
2 red peppers, cored and sliced
1 yellow pepper, cored and sliced
1 large tomato thickly sliced
1 onion, peeled and sliced
1 chorizo sausage sliced
100g grated cheese
2 tbsp olive oil
Heat the oven to 200C, pour the oil into the Mermaid Deep Sided Handled Roaster and add the onions, peppers and tomato and coat in the oil, roast for 20 minutes, then add the sliced chorizo and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool slightly.
50-50 Spelt Naan Bread
2 tsp fast action dried yeast
200g spelt flour
300g strong white flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
3 tbsp plain yogurt
30g butter, melted
The technique for making the Naan Bread is pretty much the same as making the pizza dough. If you don’t have spelt flour or prefer not to use it, then you can make all white flour Naans, but reduce the milk to 250ml.
Bake at 220C for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and stack the breads on top of each other and voer with a clean, dry cloth to keep the cursts soft and preven them drying out.
Naan bread is brilliant for soaking up all the delicious sauce in a curry or other stews and gravies.
I was a little disappointed that the Naan bread stuck to the baking tray even though I had oiled it. I will have to try the semolina trick that Paul Hollywood uses to keep the dough from sticking.