Edible Flowers: Calendula Lavash

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Lavash is a thin, soft Middle Eastern flatbread that is often served with dips and used for wraps. For my Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 Cooking with Edible Flowers entry, I adapted a simple lavash recipe from About.com and added calendula (pot marigold) petals. Marigold or Calendula is considered a “poor man’s saffron” and I was hoping to get a yellow colored, thin softbread to go with the edible flower cream cheese spread. Unfortunately, I must have not used enough petals since the bread didn’t change color. However, I did get pretty sheets showing off strands of the calendula beautifully when rolled.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tbs calendula petals (dried or fresh)

Directions:

  1. Coat a large bowl with oil. Set aside.
  2. Combine yeast, water and sugar in a bowl and mix until yeast is dissolved.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt. Add yeast water mixture and form a dough. Add calendula petals. Knead dough by hand for 10 -15 minutes. If using a mixer, knead for 5-8 minutes. Once dough is kneaded, place ball of dough in oiled bowl. Roll the dough around the bowl to coat it with oil. Cover and let rise for 1 -1 1/2 hours, or until dough doubles in size.
  4. Once dough has doubled, punch down to release air. Continue to knead for about 5 minutes.
  5. Divide dough into 8 separate balls of dough. Cover and allow to rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Once risen,  roll dough out to thin rectangles, about 12″x10″ for large or 8″x6″ for small flatbreads. They should be as thin as pizza dough.
  7. Puncture rectangles with a fork. Brush dough with water and sprinkle sesame seeds. Bake on baking sheet for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Continue baking remaining dough. Cool on wire rack.
  8. Cut into triangles the size of tortilla chips. Store in sealed plastic bag until ready to serve.

If lavash sheets gets hard, place under running water to soak.  Put in a sealed plastic bag.  Lavash will soften and will be ready to use for wraps.

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