I did noticce last night that we were down to our last slice of bread and I knew that I needed to have something for the lunch boxes but I didn't feel like setting the bread maker up to have a loaf ready this morning. I was lazy. The girls attend a school which doesn't have a canteen and Tom sometimes works in his school canteen so isn't too keen to eat from there. Instead of stressing about what to give them, I made a quick batch of flat breads this morning. They are an easy, quick alternative to regualr bread and just as good or maybe even better than anything from the supermarket.
250 grams plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
about 150mL warm water
Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl.
Mix the water and oil together and pour slowly into the flour whilst stirring (I use a knife to mix the dough). Use enough water to make a slightly sticky dough.
Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.
Allow the dough to rest for 10-15 minutes. 30 minutes if you have time.
Divide the dough into 8 and roll the pieces into balls.
Roll the balls of dough on a floured surface using a well floured rolling pin until they are about 3mm thick.
Heat a heavy based non-stick fry pan until it is hot and then reduce the heat slightly. No oil is necessary.
Cook the flat breads one at a time, frying until the bread starts to form air bubbles and come up at the sides. Check the underside to make sure it isn't browning too much.
Turn over and cook for 30 seconds to one minute on the other side.
Keep the cooked flat breads warm in a clean tea towel while the rest of the batch is being cooked.
Easy to make but I don't want to do it every morning. My Nan used to make something similar and called them flap jacks. Her version was quite thick and dry but still nice fresh from the pan with butter and Vegemite.