Friday, September 16, 2011

Kitchen Pen Pals: Flatbread with Coriander and Lemon Butterbean Hummus

SO PROUD of Lauren's first attempt at challenge number one for kitchen pals. Check it out here:

the deal was that Lauren would post her attempt and then I would post mine and out of it could perhaps come some great lessons (and laughs)

Here goes:

Let's talk flatbread first...

200g unbleached strong white bread flour
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/3 level teaspoon dried yeast
170ml tepid water
1 tbsp olive oil

Preheat the oven to 230C if cooking in the oven. stovetop can be used too.

Place flour and salt into a bowl. Dissolve yeast in water and then add oil (this is a very NB step as the warm water 'activates' the yeast) Add water mix to flour mix and combine. Knead until soft, tacky and elastic.

if you hold the dough up after kneading it should feel 'elastic' 

rest the dough in a bowl covered with a dish towel in a warm place. this is known as 'proving' and allows the yeast time to work and raise the dough

the ball should almost double inside and then be very stretchy, soft and elastic

divide the dough into balls and roll out like this...i like rustic looking bread so if you do too don't worry too much about getting them all the same shape

either cook in an oven or chuck them on a hot pan on a stove with a little butter if you will until they puff up and are golden and delicious...

easy peasy right?

next step...butterbean hummus but first a quick masterclass on how to chop an onion:

chop off the one end of the onion: not the root, the other end

then slice in half:


cut like this into each half:

and then dice: 

voila! finely sliced onions and no tears. and no mess!

le recipe:

1 x can butter beans 
1 small onion, chopped 
2 cloves garlic, crushed 
15ml lemon juice
50ml olive oil
2.5ml salt 
15ml finely chopped parsley
15ml chopped coriander

fry onions and garlic until soft

add drained butterbeans and cook for about 5 minutes

mush with a blender and add salt, olive oil, lemon juice and herbs

WELL DONE LAU - looking forward to our next one!

keep cooking good loooking!


  1. I am SO HAPPY that you girls have started this :) It's just wonderful and I' will be following closely. I'm having a braai tomorrow night with the fam - first real good quality Namibian red meat after no red meat for 4 months in Berlin. I think this recipe will be a winner with the braai esp for my mom who's a veggie. Will take pics and can't wait to try it!

  2. I made the butterbean hummus, and it was way better than chickpea. Thanks friend :)

    Also nice top tip on onion chopping.

  3. Awesome! Made it, ate it, loved it!

  4. Oh my word, the onion masterclass - best class ever!!! Goodbye tears! Hello oniony goodness! Thanks pal x

  5. Making the hummus tonight - looks too tasty NOT to try. First-timer! Yay :)