Skillet Flatbread

Skillet Flatbread

Skillet Flatbread stacked three high on a wooden serving plate and garnished with zahtar.

Skillet Flatbread

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Do you have flour, yeast, oil and salt? It is all you need to make golden, slightly crisp and chewy Skillet Flatbread. The recipe is super easy without a lot of fuss, and the flatbread is delicious with just about anything. I like mine sprinkled with a zahtar spice mix but you can eat it plain, or with your favourite herb or spice mix. So get ready to dunk, dip and scoop all your tastiest soups, stews and tagines because you’ll be making this time and time again.

Risen dough in a large bowl resting on a wooden platter in preparation for Skillet Flatbread.

Any non-stick skillet will work for this recipe even though I’ve suggested using a cast-iron skillet. The dough is uncomplicated and can be pressed or rolled into any shape, however, I opted for 9” circles which cook evenly and quickly, and it fits nicely in my 10” skillet. This Skillet Flatbread will keep for several days in a sealed container but can also be frozen for use later. When thawed, give it a gentle warming in the microwave or low oven. Eating it at room temperature is perfectly tasty but I prefer it slightly warm. Enjoy!

Skillet Flatbread cut into triangles and served on a wooden serving plate and garnished with zahtar.

Skillet Flatbread
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    Servings Prep Time
    3 9" flatbreads 20-25 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    32 minutes 70 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    3 9" flatbreads 20-25 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    32 minutes 70 minutes
    Skillet Flatbread
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      Servings Prep Time
      3 9" flatbreads 20-25 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      32 minutes 70 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      3 9" flatbreads 20-25 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      32 minutes 70 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: 9" flatbreads
      Instructions
      1. Combine yeast and water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Allow fermenting for 10 minutes.
      2. Stir in 1 cup of flour, I tbsp olive oil and salt. Add another half a cup of flour and begin kneading. Knead until the flour is absorbed and continue adding flour by the tablespoon until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl and is no longer sticky. I used 2 1/4 cups of flour in total. Knead until dough is smooth, about 7 minutes.
      3. Coat a large bowl with 1 tsp of olive oil. Form dough into a ball and place in the bowl, turn to coat in oil. Cover and allow to rise for 1 hour.
      4. Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Roll or press one dough portion into a 9" round. Drizzle 1 tsp of canola oil into the hot skillet. When the oil is hot add the prepared rolled dough. Cook for about 4 minutes per side, adjusting the heat as needed.
      5. While the flatbread is cooking roll the remaining dough portions into 9" rounds.
      6. Remove flatbread from skillet and drizzle with additional olive oil and sprinkle with Zaatar if desired.

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      Pumpernickel Seed and Nut Crisps

      Pumpernickel Seed and Nut Crisps

      A white bowl piled high with Pumpernickel Seed and Nut Crisps.

      Pumpernickel Seed and Nut Crisps

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      It’s time for a little blog cleanup, so I’m picking away at updating and putting a polish on a few of my older posts. Today’s cleanup goes back to 2016 with these wholesome, rustic and vegan Pumpernickel Seed and Nut Crisps. Not only are these crisps beautiful with their dark cracker base they are also delightfully healthy with no added fat, eggs or dairy. I find some of my great recipes get left in the dust, never to be made again because my head is down and focused on always creating NEW content. Doing a little blog cleanup allows me to go back and redo the recipes, reminding me of just how good they really are.

      In this recipe, I used nuts and seeds that I had on hand, but you can certainly change them up to whatever is your favourite. I love these Pumpernickel Seed & Nut Crisps because of their texture which is crispy, yet still, some bites give a little chew. The currents are a nice addition because their size adds just the right amount of sweetness without becoming overbearing. Enjoy!

      Baked Pumpernickel Seed and Nut Crisps in loaf form on a wooden cutting board garnished with fresh thyme.
      A small white plate with Pumpernickel Seed and Nuts Crisps, cheese slices and apricot jelly.
      A white bowl piled high with Pumpernickel Seed and Nut Crisps.

      Pumpernickel Seed & Nut Crisps
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      Crisp wholesome seed and nut crackers perfect for a vegan diet.
        Servings Prep Time
        64 crackers 15 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        70 minutes 90 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        64 crackers 15 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        70 minutes 90 minutes
        Pumpernickel Seed & Nut Crisps
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        Crisp wholesome seed and nut crackers perfect for a vegan diet.
          Servings Prep Time
          64 crackers 15 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          70 minutes 90 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          64 crackers 15 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          70 minutes 90 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: crackers
          Instructions
          1. Preheat oven to 350℉. I
          2. In a large bowl whisk together all ingredients until just combined.
          3. Spray 2 8"x4" loaf pans with non-stick spray and divide batter evenly between them. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or when a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack to room temperature. Once cool, remove loaves from their pan and place in the freezer for about an hour to help firm up for cutting.
          4. Reheat oven to 300℉.
          5. Remove from the freezer and cut each loaf into 1/8" slices. You should get approximately 30-33 slices per loaf. Lay each slice flat on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Flip each piece and continue to bake for an additional 20 minutes (they will continue to crisp up as they cool). Remove from oven and place each slice onto a cooling rack and allow to cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container once completely cooled.
          Recipe Notes

          -Any seeds and nuts can be used, but in this recipe, I used a combination of currents, pine nuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and pepitas.

          -Regular 9"x 5" loaf pans can be used, however, I used 8" x 4" foil loaf pans because they are narrower and therefore produce a slightly taller cracker and the loaves pop right out of the foil pans.

          -Freezing is only required to assist in cutting even thin slices.  If you are good with a knife, feel free to skip this step.

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          Cherry Salsa

          Cherry Salsa

          Cherry Salsa tops three goat cheese crostini on a wooden serving board.

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          Cherry Salsa is sweet, spicy and delicious on goat cheese crostini, baked Brie, chicken cutlets or grilled meats. Simplicity is good and this quick and easy recipe can be ready for guests without much fuss. The dried cherries offer a nice texture to the salsa and the freshly chopped jalapenos, lime and vinegar balance the cherry jam. It’s so good!

          Ingredients for Cherry Salsa arranged on and around a wooden cutting board with a bowl of dried cherries in the background.

          My favourite way to eat this lovely Cherry Salsa is dabbed on crisp crostini smeared with goat cheese. The tang and creaminess of the goat cheese make it a great pairing with the salsa and the combo makes for an easy company friendly appetizer. Another great way to use Cherry Salsa is as a baked brie topping. Simply spoon the salsa onto your hot baked brie and serve with crisp crackers, crostini or crudites. I originally found this Cherry Salsa paired up pecan-crusted chicken wings. I’ve prepared pecan-crusted chicken cutlets in the past and thought this would also be a wonderful way to use the salsa in a main course. I was not disappointed as the crunchy, nutty cutlets beg for the sweet, spiciness that the salsa offers. The recipe for pecan-crusted chicken cutlets will be coming to the blog soon, so be sure to check back.

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          Author: Compelled to Cook, adapted from Food.com

          Cherry Salsa tops three goat cheese crostini on a wooden serving board.
          Cherry Salsa
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            Servings Prep Time
            1 cup 20 minutes
            Passive Time
            30+ minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            1 cup 20 minutes
            Passive Time
            30+ minutes
            Cherry Salsa tops three goat cheese crostini on a wooden serving board.
            Cherry Salsa
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              Servings Prep Time
              1 cup 20 minutes
              Passive Time
              30+ minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              1 cup 20 minutes
              Passive Time
              30+ minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: cup
              Instructions
              1. Chop dried cherries and combine with cherry jam in a mini food processor or blender. Pulse several times until cherries are about the size of a pea or smaller. Add remaining ingredients and pulse 2-3 times to combine.
              2. Scoop into a serving dish, cover and chill for at least 30 minutes to meld flavours. Use as a topping for crostini, baked brie, breaded chicken cutlets or grilled meats.
              Recipe Notes

              -I find there is a need to first chop the cherries before adding to the food processor because everything becomes too processed in the time it takes the dried cherries to break down.  By chopping the cherries first, the mixture retains most of its texture yet everything is combined.

              -If a food processor is not available, simply chop everything by hand and combine.

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              Multigrain Pumpernickel Rye Bread

              Multigrain Pumpernickel Rye Bread

              So what gives this fantastic Multigrain Pumpernickel Rye Bread its rich chocolatey colour and deep flavour? It’s the combination of coffee, cocoa and molasses. Not all breads labelled pumpernickel will include all three elements, they may only have the cocoa and molasses for example. I personally like the bold rich flavour and deep colour that using all three ingredients provide. I also like the addition of caraway seeds to give it more of an authentic deli rye bread taste.

              Today’s modernized version of pumpernickel breads use the combination and variation of these three ingredients (coffee, cocoa, molasses) to mimic the colour and flavour of true pumpernickel bread which gets its colour and flavour from course rye flour, rye berries, sour dough starter and a very long slow baking process. Once known as a peasant bread, pumpernickel bread has now become a sought after bread for hors d’ oeuvres, appetizers and deli sandwiches. I like to enjoy mine piled high with pastrami or smothered with cream cheese and smoked salmon.

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              Multigrain Pumpernickel Rye Bread
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                Servings Prep Time
                1 large loaf 30 minutes
                Cook Time Passive Time
                30 minutes 1 1/2-2 hours
                Servings Prep Time
                1 large loaf 30 minutes
                Cook Time Passive Time
                30 minutes 1 1/2-2 hours
                Multigrain Pumpernickel Rye Bread
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  1 large loaf 30 minutes
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  30 minutes 1 1/2-2 hours
                  Servings Prep Time
                  1 large loaf 30 minutes
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  30 minutes 1 1/2-2 hours
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: large loaf
                  Instructions
                  1. In a small pot combine dry cereal and 3/4 cup of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 8 minutes until all visible water has been absorbed, stirring occasionally. Set aside and allow to cool to 85-110℉.
                  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook stir together coffee, remaining 1/2 cup of water, sugar and yeast. Allow to ferment for 5-8 minutes. Stir in rye flour, whole wheat flour, cooked cereal, molassess, cocoa, oil, vital gluten, caraway seeds and salt. Begin kneading and add bread flour by the 1/4 cup, incorporating each before adding more. When dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl reduce the addition of bread flour to 1 tbsp at a time and continue to knead until supple and no longer sticky, approximately 10 minutes total.
                  3. Form dough into a ball and place in a large greased bowl. Cover with greased plastic wrap or kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm 85℉ draft free area until doubled in size, 60-80 minutes.
                  4. Preheat oven to 375℉
                  5. Punch down dough and shape free form into a boule or elongated loaf 11-12" long. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover with greased plastic wrap or kitchen towel and allow to rise for 30-40 minutes in a warm draft free area. Make 4-5 large slashes along the boule or loaf with a sharp knife or bread lame. Brush with egg wash and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and an internal temperature of 195-200℉ is reached. Remove from oven to cooling rack and allow to cool to room temperature prior to cutting.
                  Seed and Almond Coconut Clusters

                  Seed and Almond Coconut Clusters

                  Yes, It’s back to school and my latest Costco coconut cluster obsession makes a debut as a back to school snack or yogurt topping. I’m not sure how long they’ve actually been sold at Costco, I’ve only purchased them in the last couple months. Being a coconut lover, I was in heaven either snacking straight out of the bag or crumpling them on coconut yogurt. So tasty, addicting, crunchy and sweet, I just had to make my own. Seed and Almond Coconut Clusters are my version, which happens to be very similar but with the addition of almonds. All it really takes is a large bowl, a few great ingredients and 25 minutes for these amazing clusters.

                  I admit I can be a Costco junkie! My last obsession found at Costco was tomatillo salsa, and I practically drowned myself in it before making my own version with grilled vegetables Grilled Tomatillo Avocado Dip But now that I’ve conquered both I look forward to my next great Costco find that I can make at home. So whether you’re just trying to fill the lunch bags or love a good smoothie or yogurt topping, you’ll want to bake a batch of Seed and Almond Coconut Clusters to have on hand without having to run out to Costco. Enjoy!

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                  Seed and Almond Coconut Clusters
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    32 clusters 10 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    15 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    32 clusters 10 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    15 minutes
                    Seed and Almond Coconut Clusters
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                      Servings Prep Time
                      32 clusters 10 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      15 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      32 clusters 10 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      15 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Servings: clusters
                      Instructions
                      1. Preheat oven to 325℉ and line baking sheets with parchment. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl, drizzle with corn syrup and toss gently to fully combine. Drop approximately 2 tbsp of mixture onto lined baking sheets and with slightly damp fingers form into low clusters. Bake for 13-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature before removing.
                      2. Store clusters in an airtight container for several days or freeze for up to 2 months.
                      Recipe Notes

                      I've tried honey, agave and corn syrup in this recipe.  I found that the corn syrup resulted in a crispier cluster that held up better when frozen and the honey and agave result in a slightly softer cluster that tends to break apart more easily.  All are good options depending on your sugar preference.