Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Recipes from Malta: Roasted Garlic Ftira

Ftira is kind of like a giant sourdough bagel. According to the Food and Wine Gazette, it's been around since at least the 16th century, when it was baked in the ovens of the Knights of St. John. Of course, Food and Wine Gazette also explains that ftira is a flatbread, and the recipe I made had yeast in it so doesn't exactly fit that definition. Evidently, there are variations. Cue someone from Malta emailing me to say I did it all wrong. 

This recipe is a combination of two recipes taken from different Maltese cooking sites. The first recipe told me how to make the ftira, and the second told me how to dress it up. 


For the bread:
  • 4 oz sourdough starter
  • 1 ½ tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 3 ½ cups baking flour (give or take)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • For the topping:
    • 2 whole heads of garlic
    • 1 stick of butter, softened
    • ½ tbsp chili flakes
    • Mild cheddar cheese, shredded
    • Extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
    • Emmental, shredded
    • Gouda, shredded
    1. Add all the bread ingredients to your bread machine and mix on the dough setting. 

    2. Take the dough out of the machine and shape into a round loaf.

    3. Cut a hole in the middle of the loaf.

    4. Let rise until your loaf doubles in size.

    5. Meanwhile, slice the tops off of the garlic bulbs and place them in a small baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

    6. Roast the garlic at 400 degrees until the cloves are creamy. Take out and let cool.

    7. When the bread is done rising, turn your oven up to 425 and bake for 12 to 15 minutes (longer if it isn’t a nice golden color yet)

    8. Take the bread out and let it cool, then slice it in half as if it’s a giant bagel.

    9. Squeeze the roasted garlic out of its skins and mash with a fork.

    10. Add the butter and chili flakes to the mashed garlic. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

    11. Spread the garlic butter over the sliced part of each half of the bread. Accept your fate as a future victim of heart disease.

    12. Mix the shredded cheeses together in a large bowl, then sprinkle over the loaf halves.

    13. Place under the broiler until the cheese bubbles and starts to turn brown

    What we thought:

    Obviously, the bread was the best part of the meal. Mostly because it was slathered in an entire stick of butter with four different kinds of cheese. There were no leftovers. 


    Post a Comment

    Copyright 2023 Becki Robins and Palfrey Media.. Powered by Blogger.

    Blog Flux

    Blog Directory