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- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1⁄2 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1 cup bread flour
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 onions, sliced into 1/4 inch rings
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 2 1⁄4 cups bread flour
- 1⁄2 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 1⁄4 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- To prepare the sponge, place the water in a mixing bowl.
- Sprinkle the yeast over the water, stir in and let sit for 2 minutes.
- Mix in the 1 cup bread flour.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit overnight or for 14-16 hours.
- To prepare the onions, heat the olive oil and sugar in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat for 1 minute.
- Add the onions, stir well, and saute, stirring occasionally, for 10-12 minutes or until browned and caramelized.
- Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool.
- To prepare the dough, place the water in the bowl of an electric mixer or in a mixing bowl.
- Sprinkle the yeast over the top, stir in, and let sit for 2 minutes.
- Add the sponge, bread flour, whole-wheat flour, salt and pepper.
- Mix with the dough hook for 2 minutes, or until the ingrediets are combine.
- Or beat vigoursly with a wooden spoon for 8-10 minutes.
- Let the dough rest for 15 mintes.
- Add the caramelized onions and resume mixing, continuing for 12-14 minutes or until the dough is silky and elastic and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
- The dough should be very wet and sticky, but still elastic.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
- Let rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled in volume.
- Turn over a baking sheet and set a piece of parchment paper on it.
- Place the dough on a well-floured work surface, handling it gently to preserve as much volume as possible and cut into 2 equal pices.
- Gently pull and stretch each piece of dough into a flat round, about 1 1/4 inches thick.
- Transfer to the parchment paper.
- You may have to reshape once you have moved it.
- Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- To avoid the plastic from sticking to the dough, spray the dough with some cooking spray.
- Place a baking stone on the middle rack in the oven and preheat to 450 degrees.
- Using a spray bottle, spritz the oven walls with water.
- Work quickly so the oven does not lose heat.
- You could also quickly place several ice cubes in the bottom of the oven after you have placed the loaves in the oven.
- Slide the loaves, still on the parchment paper, into the oven onto the hot stone.
- Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the bread brown.
- Transfer the flatbreads to a rack to cool.
- Note: I could only bake one loaf at a time.
- Next time I will forget about turning the dough onto a floured board.
- I'll gently dump half of the dough onto each piece of parchment paper and shape it there.