Knead for speed: why flat out is a good place to start for beginners

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 May, 2012, 12:00am


Home-made bread is nutritious, tastes better, and doesn't have the preservatives found in store-bought versions. But the hours of kneading and proofing can be intimidating for some. Here's a simple flatbread recipe that any beginner can try. It takes just a bit of elbow grease and a short time in the oven. Pair it with an equally speedy chicken stir-fry for a tasty, nutritious meal.

Chicken with fresh asparagus, pine nuts and home-made bread

Serves 4

For the bread

300ml water

600 grams flour

1 tsp olive oil

1/2 tsp dark soy sauce

Sesame seeds

Mix water with flour to make a dough.

Knead the dough until springy, then flatten.

Cut into a square.

Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with flour. Roll up.

Divide into several smaller pieces of dough and flatten them.

Dilute dark soy sauce with 1 tbsp water and brush dough surface with mixture.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake for 10 minutes at 230 degrees Celsius.

For the chicken

1 tsp olive oil

100 grams minced chicken

150 grams sesame seeds

50 grams fresh asparagus

20 grams pine nuts

50 grams water chestnuts

Heat oil in a wok.

Stir-fry chicken until aromatic.

Add remaining ingredients and saute.

Transfer to a plate and serve with home-made bread.

Recipe provided by the Health Department as part of its campaign. For more information, visit