Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Flatbreads Cooked On A Barbecue / BBQ

The basic recipe comes from the second Moro cookbook - Casa Moro and while they talk about cooking it in your oven, I think its even better cooked over a charcoal BBQ


  • 450g strong white bread flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried yeast ( Hovis Fast Action Yeast is the best I have found so far)
  • 300ml warm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  1. Place the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix one tablespoon of oil in
  3. Dissolve the yeast in the water and pour into the flour a bit at a time while mixing. You can do this by hand, or in a food processor with a dough hook
  4. Around halfway through, add the second tablespoon of olive oil
  5. Now transfer the dough to a floured surface and continue to knead well for about 5 minutes until the dough is no longer tacky, but soft, elastic and smooth.Add more flour a little at a time if it is too sticky.
  6. Oil a large bowl and place the dough inside it and cover with a cloth to rest for an hour in a warm place.
  7. Divide the dough into four and, on a very well floured surface, roll out each piece into a rough circle 3mm thick.
If you don't have a airing cupboard, boil some water and pour into a large mug. Place this into a microwave with the bowl and close the door. The steam will keep the microwave warm and help the bread rise

If cooking on a BBQ
  1. Get your charcoal really hot - you need a good red glow from them and you shouldn't be able to hold your hand over them for more than a second
  2. Put your circles onto the griddle and watch like a hawk - after a couple of minutes the bottoms will start to crisp up and you'll need to flip them over to avoid them getting too burnt
If cooking in the oven
  1. Transfer to two large baking sheets that have been lightly floured.
  2. Put in the oven immediately and bake for 5-10 minutes until the bread is cooked.
  3. Each bread should partially bubble up and colour slightly, yet not be totally crisp.
If cooking in a frying pan
  1. Take a solid frying pan (not a flimsy cheap non-stick pan) and place it on your hob for 5 or 10 minutes to get really hot
  2. Lightly oil it with some sunflower oil on piece of kitchen roll
  3. Place the bread in the pan and cook for a couple of minutes each side