A warm, black speckled, sweet smelling tortilla is something special. Jim lived in Texas for a while and so he knows a good tortilla when he sees and tastes one. I ran out of our regular PC tortillas that were suppose to host Alton Brown's Guacamole and some of Gwyneth's refried beans. (Recipes for theses two are coming soon.) Instead of calling Jimmy to stop and pick some up on his way home from band practice, I tried something new. I've talked about The River Cottage Cafe cookbooks here before. This is their easy recipe for flat bread.
Easy Flat Bread
1 2/3 C All Purpose Flour (plus extra for dusting counter top)
1 tsp salt
1Tbsp Olive oil
2/3 C warm water
Mix together flour and salt in a large bowl. Pour oil into a measuring cup with the warm water.
Pour the water/oil mixture over the flour mixture slowly, stirring with your finger tips. Bring flour and water together to a sticky dough.
On a lightly floured surface work the dough into a ball and kneed for 5 minutes. (or have your eager assistant knead for 5 minutes) Stretching the dough, folding over and quarter turning as you go.
Cover the dough with the mixing bowl upturned on top of it. Let dough rest 15 minutes. In the mean time, prepare fillings for your bread.
Remove dough from under the bowl, roll it into a sausage shape and cut into 8 equal parts.
Flour counter top and rolling pin and roll out your dough pieces until they are the size of a salad plate (about 6-8 inches across).
Place a dry frying pan over high heat and get it really hot. Decrease heat to medium low and add your first flat disc. Flip when the bread starts to puff up and get speckley brown on the one side.
Have a clean tea towel ready to wrap warm bread in as you go.
Top cooked bread as soon as you can. They are so good warm!
Jim loves his bread straight out of the pan with a healthy smear of butter.