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This crisp, cracker-like bread is a delightful substitute to rolls and butter.
Italian Flat Bread
1 package active dry yeast
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup warm water (105°F. to 115°F.)
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup cold water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small onion, peeled, ends cut flat
2 small garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 cup olive oil
3 teaspoons poppy seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 1/4 teaspoons Kosher salt
Vegetable oil cooking spray
In a 2 cup liquid measure stir yeast and sugar into warm water. Let stand until foamy, about 3 - 5 minutes.
Process until dough cleans the side of the work bowl and forms a ball, about 40 seconds. Continue processing until dough is uniformly moist and elastic, about 40 more seconds.
Transfer dough to a lightly floured large food storage bag; squeeze out the air and seal tightly. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Insert the 2 mm slicing disc. Place onion cut side down on the disc and slice using firm pressure. Separate slices into rings and reserve. Insert the metal blade and process garlic until finely chopped, about 10 seconds. Scrape bowl.
Add poppy seeds, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper; process until combined, about 5 seconds.
Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat two baking sheets with vegetable oil cooking spray and sprinkle with cornmeal.
Punch dough down * and with lightly floured hands, stretch dough gently into a free-form rectangle about 10 X 14". With a rolling pin, roll into a rectangle about 12 X 24" and about 1/4" thick.
Cut rectangle in half; place each on a prepared baking sheet and prick with a fork. Brush with oil mixture and top with onion rings. Bake until golden and crisp, about 10 - 15 minutes.
Allow to cool slightly. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to slice bread into elongated triangular pieces (or any shape you prefer).

Servings: Makes 8 - 10 servings

Nutritional information per serving

calories 98 (68% from fat) · carb 1g · protein 6g · fat 7g · sat fat 2g · chol 214mg · sod 174mg · calc 25mg · fiber 0g

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