GF Flatbread and Cracker Recipe and a GIVE-AWAY!

UntitledGluten free Feta & Dill crackers (with homemade hummus)Photo by Kate Chan

My girls have been asking for “pies” in their lunch boxes lately.  I couldn’t figure out what they wanted.  (Yes, I am the only one who packs their lunches…so yes, I’m … slow.  LOL!)  They assured me that they had eaten peanut butter and jelly pies with lunch.  I was convinced they got snacks at day care.

Turns out they were right.

I have been buying some of the thin, round sandwich thingies at the grocer every once in a blue moon (and especially when I didn’t have time to make bread for everyone).  They are not big bread eaters actually, so it’s been easy to maintain a gluten free house for the most part.  (Save for the ubiquitous box of Goldfish crackers.  I just can’t make enough gluten free mock goldfish crackers to keep up with their demand.  But as an FYI, the gluten free ones are preferred.)

Schools doesn’t break for summer vacation here until June 23.

And THAT seems very far away at the moment.  And thankfully so, I have a ton left to do at work.  But I can’t wait for some time with my girlies too.  I hope we have a warm (not hot) summer and they sun comes to visit.  (It goes missing for several MONTHS of the year here in the PNW.  If you ever hear me moaning about the lack of sunshine, really… I have reason.  I’m totally solar-powered.  This no-sun thing KILLS me.)

Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions

Recently, I also applied for a freebie sample of coconut oil from Tropical Traditions.  I did not receive payment for any review, but was provided with a sample.  They also offered a “give away” of one of their jars of coconut oil.  I think I actually like this stuff!  It is more expensive than buying traditional oils  Since so many people have been talking about using coconut oil in lieu of butters, etc, I thought I would give it a try.  We’ve made some fabulously light waffles with it (and the added benefit of coconut smell while oiling the waffle pan was great!  It was alike an invasion of summer.)  If you would like to try it too, please follow these guidelines:

Congratulations to Stephanie C – Winner!

 

Win A Quart of Gold Label Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions!


Gold Label Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

 

INFORMATION FROM TROPICAL TRADITIONS:

“Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil.  Our Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on our website:  What is Virgin Coconut Oil? Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit our website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the  advantages of buying coconut oil online.  Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.”

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GIVE AWAY ENDS Friday, June 23, 2012 at midnight.  What a way to kick off summer for me!
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So……
Now that you are jazzed to try coconut oil…. here’s a recipe you can start with.  (If you don’t have coconut oil on hand, you can use olive oil or butter.)
I’ve been making quick breads (like the lavash recipe) and others trying to get a speedy answer to lunch for me.  This one, Feta and Dill, is our current favorite.  I began making naan and other flatbread recipes several years ago.  Just as I perfected my recipe, our pizza stone broke.  Why does that matter?  Because all of the recipes that were the most successful had beautiful bread  that would puff up nicely on a pizza stone in the oven.  Without a stone, I rather went back to the drawing board.

GF feta and dill dough

Oh, the recipe still works beautifully, but I had to adapt it a little bit to adjust for the different baking/cooking techniques.  This dough can be flattened thinly used to make crackers (picture above) or formed into pita/naan/flatbread (into which I slide a thin sharp knife for sandwiches), etc.  Adjusting the baking times can be adjusted to add more flexibility (more moisture) or a light crisp airy crust (like the pita below).    I’ve even pan-fried them in a little olive oil with a generous sprinkling of sea-salt to make a nice crisp crust.
I love the fact that recipes are so versatile.  Makes for easier on-the-spot adjustment!
As I finish writing this post (which has taken forever this morning to get started!), I realize that we’ve now eaten the 8th or 9th batch with this recipe.  And today, I used my piece (thicker/pita-like) to have a turkey, avocado and sprout sandwich.  My Love used his for a pizza base and the girls ate the chips (above) with hummus.  Sweet deal.
You can also adjust the cheese (use parmesan or asadero or a gluten free bleu).  I suggest sticking to the dry/crumbly cheeses for this so you don’t have to mess with the liquid/dry ratio.

GF Feta & Dill dough - made into pitas

Gluten Free Feta and Dill Flatbread

Recipe makes 8-9 pita shapes or more if flattened thinly for flatbread/chips)
Ingredients:
PROOF:
1/3 cup warm milk
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
2 teaspoons yeast
DRY:
2 cups GF blend (rice, millet or sorghum based – or use GF Mama’s Almond Blend)
         (OR:  1 1/2 cup millet or sorghum or rice + 1/2 tapioca or potato starch)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 cup feta
1 1/2 Tablespoons dried dill
WET:
1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
1 Tablespoon coconut oil (or butter or olive oil)
1 egg
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat your oven to 400F.
  2. Mix together your proofing ingredients:  warm milk, sugar and yeast.  Set aside.
  3. Into the bowl of your mixer, add your dry ingredients.  Mix.
  4. Add the wet ingredients.  Mix again.
  5. Add the proofing mixture (which should have puffed up by now).
  6. Mix together on medium for 2-3 minutes.  The mixture will still be wet and sticky but you should be able to scrap it into a large mass within the bowl.
  7. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.  Grease your hands (I coated mine with the coconut oil).  Take the dough in small balls/chunks a tiny bit larger than a golf ball and press them flat onto the parchment paper.  Try to do this evenly.  (You will have uneven browning spots if you are not careful… or if you are me.  :D )
  8. Bake – under a watchful eye as all ovens vary! – for 8 – 13 minutes.  (8 minutes for the thin cracker-bread and 10-13 minutes for the pita).
  9. Remove an allow to cool (if you can) before storing (if you have any left over).

I have successfully doubled this recipe – but I did NOT add another egg.  Rather I adjust the moisture by adding more sour cream or Greek yogurt.  (Just an FYI if you find that it disappears quickly in your house as well.)

Happy GF Eats, Everyone!
And good luck with your Give-Away Entries!
~Kate
88 comments on “GF Flatbread and Cracker Recipe and a GIVE-AWAY!
  1. Erin says:

    That looks fantastic! Dill screams summer to me. My favorite way to use coconut oil is actually in my homemade deodorant. Sounds funny, but it works great!

  2. Anna Morgan says:

    Mm! This looks and sounds so wonderful! I want to try this recipe out so badly! Great post.

  3. Linda Haley says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I have fresh dill growing in my herb garden and I haven’t had naan in years! Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Gina says:

    First, the flatbread looks fab! I use coconut oil often as I am dairy-free as well as gluten-free. I use it in baking (muffins and waffles! Mmmhhh!), for sauteeing, and sometimes if I’m feeling very decadent as an addition to my smoothies!

  5. Denise M says:

    i love to use coconut oil in baking especially instead of butter

  6. GF and more says:

    Would this work with some kind of egg substitute (I’m vegan)? If so, what do you recommend? I think that I can do the sub for yogurt to a non-dairy kind, but I’m not sure about the egg though. It looks like such a delicious recipe – I’d love to try it. I haven’t had this kind of flatbread in a long time!

  7. Mary Louise says:

    Elena’s pantry has an awesome coconut bar recipe using coconut oil, coconut milk and coconut. If you like macaroons, you’ll love this recipe. Now reading The Coconut Oil Miracle by Fife. Thank you for sharing your recipes and life with us.

    • Lise says:

      Hi, just started with Pinterest – I would love your coconut bar recipe using coconut oil – can you share with me please? Been diagnosed Celiac for 2 years now and I’m still learning lots… Thankyou! :)

  8. Judy says:

    I’ve only used coconut oil as skin cream for very dry winter legs. Now that I’m gluten free I’ll have to try some in cooking. Tropical Traditions sound awesome. Now to bake those flatbread crackers!

  9. Janice says:

    I use coconut oil for cooking, baking and personal care. It’s wonderful in lemon bars.

  10. jamiemid says:

    I like coconut oil for just about everything and always have a jar in the pantry. The flatbread recipe looks delicious, and I just looked up your cheesy cracker recipe. I will be glad when we move so I can actually bake again. I miss Goldfish crackers a lot, and those should fit the bill. Since I want to lose five pounds before we move in July, it is probably a good thing I can’t bake now!

  11. Missy says:

    Coconut oil is great to use when making popcorn – yum!

  12. Rebecca says:

    I like to put a spoonful of coconut oil in my smoothies!

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  14. Melissa says:

    Some of favorite ways to use coconut oil in cooking is to make popcorn in the whirly pop, adding a little to the pan before I make turkey bacon and to fry potatoes in it.

  15. Betty says:

    Did you know that coconut oil was the Crisco of the day before the ad campaign for Crisco made people switch. ALSO, coconut oil has been showing some promise for help with Alzheimers
    !

  16. Carol says:

    THIS looks DELICIOUS!!! I am new to all of this, but I might try this TOMORROW! I’m excited! Thank you for giving this to all of us!

  17. Carol says:

    P.S.-I also “liked” you on Facebook!!

  18. Michelle says:

    I have used coconut oil in previous baking recipes but am all out. And I just found the most delicious sounding coconut chocolate chip brownie recipe that uses it. It would be perfect timing!

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  21. Katherine Kelley says:

    I use it for everything. But my fave thing is as a lotion. I have a bedroom jar and a kitchen jar for obvious reasons. It makes my skin feel great, especially after a day in the sun.

  22. jessica says:

    I have never used it but want to try, I just ordered some coconut flour from their site a few weeks ago. Would love to try their oil.

  23. rhubygirl says:

    i follow on facebook!

  24. rhubygirl says:

    and i would like to win because i want to try THIS recipe as well as some of those above. dry skin!? YEAH! food!? yeah!! i don’t stray too much from olive oil & butter….

  25. kimhutchins says:

    I like using it in place of oil in the pan.

  26. Stephanie says:

    I love to use coconut oil in my crustless coconut cream pie… It is dairy and gluten free. I find that the coconut oil just makes it so much more coconutty!

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  29. Paula says:

    I love coconut oil for my pie crusts and in muffins.

  30. Paula says:

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  31. Melissa C. says:

    I have never used it before – but would love to try!

  32. Kelly says:

    I love coconut oil for everything from baking, cooking, make up remover, washing my face, moisturizing body and face, lubricating squeeky doors… I could go on and on. Love it and love tropical traditions!

  33. Kelly says:

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  34. Kelly says:

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  35. Leni says:

    I’ve never seen this brand before! We use coconut oil to keep our cast iron pans oiled, instead of shortening. I use it in baking also.

  36. Kristin W. says:

    I love coconut oil!

  37. Kristin W. says:

    Pinned it.

  38. Kristin W. says:

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  39. Ellen J says:

    This is the second blog I’ve read that talks about coconut oil…may have to try it.

  40. Briita says:

    This recipe looks amazing! I love to fry chicken breasts that I have breaded with almond flour in coconut oil.

  41. Briita says:

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  42. domestic diva says:

    I like to use it to saute vegetables.

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  44. that looks so delicious! i have recently fallen in love with coconut oil! it’s so good for you and makes food taste so good! thanks for sharing!

  45. Briita says:

    i pinned this recipe

  46. molli g. says:

    I use coconut oil as a face moisturizer, and when making granola bars.

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  49. Vashti says:

    I use coconut oil on my skin and to bake with :)

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  53. Sue D says:

    I subscribe to the Tropical Traditions email sales newsletter.

  54. Sue D says:

    I use it for my regular cooking and baking–including chocolate chip cookies. I also just made a batch of deodorant and love it–has coconut oil, arrowroot powder, baking soda and tea tree oil in it.

  55. Kristen says:

    I like to use coconut oil in my granola.

  56. Kati says:

    I love using coconut oil for making my own chocolate!

  57. Jenna says:

    Newly going GF and stumbled onto your site. Thank you for doing all this leg work for me I love your ideas and recipes.

  58. Catherine says:

    I like using coconut oil on my skin!

  59. Jennifer M says:

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  60. Jennifer M says:

    I love using coconut oil as cloth diaper safe cream!

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  62. Courtney Tucker says:

    My favorite way to use coconut oil is in skincare products such as cold process soaps and body butters, body melts!

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  66. dana says:

    Your flatbread recipe is still my go-to recipe and is perfect for my road-trip sammies. Thanks!

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  68. I use CO in my morning smoothies!

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  73. Beth says:

    Favourite use for coconut oil: skin moisturiser & replacing butter in baking
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  74. Carolsue says:

    I use it for stir frying lots of Chinese dishes

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  78. This is going on my list to try! Looks wonderful!

  79. Karen says:

    Do you need to pat these and let rise. I’m finding they are coming out really small and flat wouldn’t be able to slice them (larger than a golf ball is what I ‘m doing). any suggestions

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