Flat Breads and Tzatziki


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This recipe brings back great memories for me, when myself and Emma (my wife) first moved in to our house we had no oven or kitchen. So I lit the BBQ and cooked flat breads and made a pot of tzatziki. We just sat there in the garden on the patio with a cold beer in hand and cooked flat bread one after another until the bowl of dough had all gone, not much unpacking got done that night!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 450g strong white flour
  • 7g sachet active dried yeast or 15g fresh yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp of fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, parsley or chives)
  • 30ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 340ml water
  • 1 tub of good quality Greek yogurt (Total is my favourite)
  • 2 tsp of dried mint
  • 2 tbsp of fresh mint
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 30ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp of red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. Place the flour into a large bowl and add in the dried yeast to one side of the bowl and the salt to an other.
  2. Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour in half the water.
  3. Add in the olive oil and chopped herbs.
  4. Using your hand in a claw shape, start to roll your hand around the bowl to replicate a mixer.
  5. The dough will start to form a ball, add the remaining water a little at a time until you get a ball of dough in your hand and a relatively clean bowl.
  6. Transfer the bread dough onto a lightly floured work surface and start to knead the dough by holding it with one hand and stretching it away from you with the other.
  7. As the dough stretches fold it over on its self and continue the process until you have a really smooth dough that is easy to move around and feels nice to handle.
  8. Return the dough back to the mixing bowl and cover with cling film, leave the dough to prove for 1 hour.
  9. Meanwhile make the tzatziki by placing the yogurt into a bowl. Add the dried mint, olive oil and vinegar. Chop the fresh mint finely and add to the bowl. Using a fine grater grate half the garlic clove into the bowl, give it a good mix and taste it to see if its ok.
  10. Season with salt and pepper and taste again, bearing in mind the garlic flavour will get stronger with time.
  11. Leave the tziatziki in the fridge while you make your breads. Scoop the proved bread dough out onto a clean work surface. Knead the bread dough with a little flour for a minute then cut the dough into at least 10 pieces.
  12. Roll each ball out flat, you want them to be about ½ cm thick. When they are rolled out lay them onto a plate between pieces of baking parchment paper.
  13. You can cook your bread in a frying pan or I like to put them straight onto the grill on the BBQ. Simply heat a frying pan without any oil and cook the breads for about 1-2 minutes on each side. If you are cooking them on the BBQ choose the coolest place on the grill usually at the sides and cook them 1-2 minutes on each side and then serve.


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