Today’s packet mix is falafel!
Brian mixed up a batch of Dan Lepard’s perfect pitta bread dough from that seminal work, ‘The Guardian Guide to Baking’ 24 November 2007 – this is the recipe that almost qualified for the title of ‘the easiest bread in the world’.
If you haven’t read this it begins like this
Biting into a tender, freshly made and baked handmade pitta reminds me how stale and tough the shop ones are…
I was hooked neatly with that one sentence and I’ve been baking bread ever since. There’s no turning back once you’ve made your own pitta bread. So don’t try this at home, or you will unleash the daemon baker within. You have been warned.
I got back home, having just paid out a small fortune for some flea and lungworm treatment for two dogs for six months, and was frankly relieved at the thought of a low cost simple supper.
I rolled up my sleeves, scaled the dough, left it a bit, put the oven on at 250 º C with a tray inside heating up. Dug the falafel packet out of the cupboard – back to the pitta dough, rolled and shaped into ovals and rounds and baked two at a time for about four minutes.
While the pitta were baking, Brian did some magic involving two teaspoons, and the falafel mixture and we got a mini production line going. Falafel in the pan, count to ten, flip the falafel, count to twenty, flip the falafel out. Check the oven, two more pitta in and so on; you can have two cooks in the kitchen and live to tell the tale.
We tucked the pitta into a basket with a tea towel to keep them warm, made some salads from whatever was in the fridge: cold potatoes in yoghurt and mayo; onion salsa; a few salad leaves for good luck, found the beer and the all important chilli sauce and that was that.
Packet mix felafel ? Well, sometimes I just can’t quite resist the idea that, ‘ just add water’ might just work. I would love it to work all the time. Hey, it works when you make bread after all: flour, leaven, salt and just add water.
in this case…..
170 grams of water plus this packet and a wok half-full of hot rapeseed oil and we had a dish full of lovely falafel, crispy outsides, soft, light and spicy insides, and no one’s complaining at all, somehow I bet we will get another packet next time we go to the shops.
And I think there were a handful of those brownies in the freezer for later too.
I’m thinking about those cake mixes now. Do any of them work? Might have to try one soon…
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