Sardinian Parchment Bread

"A flat thin unyeasted cracker bread. Recipe by Patricia Wells"
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12 breads




  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F at least 40 minutes before baking.
  • In a large bowl combine flours and salt and mix ingrediants thoroughly.
  • Slowly add water, stirring with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a soft dough (you many not need to add all the water.) With your hands, work the dough into a ball.
  • Place on a clean, floured work surface and knead for about one minute.
  • The dough should be firm and pliable, not sticky.
  • Divide the dough evenly into 12 balls.
  • Place the balls on a lightly floured surface.
  • Flatten each ball into a thick 4-inch pancake.
  • Generously flour the work surface and with with a heavy-duty rolling pin roll each portion of the dough as thin as possible into an 8" to 9" round.
  • These breads are meant to be roughly shaped.
  • Thinness is more important than the shape.
  • The dough should be thin enough to see your hand through it.
  • Place several rounds of dough on an ungreased baking sheet and place in the oven or place on a baking stone with a baker's peel.
  • Bake until the top of the bread is firm and lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Baking time will vary and will also depend on the number of breads placed in the oven.
  • With tongs or your fingers, turn the bread over and bake until the other side is slighly browned, 3 to 4 minutes more.
  • (The bread should be rather bumpy, puffy, and irregular, with occaisional pockets full of air.) Transfer the bread to a wire rack to cool.
  • Repeat wtih the remaining rounds of dough.
  • The bread cools quickly and can be served immediately.

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  1. Even though this bread is not highly flavored it is still quite delicious and easy to make. I made short work of the rolling out process by using my pasta attachment on my Kitchenaide mixer. I'm teaming the bread up with Spiced Sweet Roasted Red Pepper & Feta Hummus for a party tonight.
  2. I've made this bread two ways. I didn't have enough semolina flour to do the full recipe so I made a half batch with semolina and another half batch with cornmeal. Both worked really well. The recipe is really easy and is great for dips.


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