(POSTED: April 23, 2006)
Because altitude and humidity affect the consistency of the dough, you may have to adjust the amount of water. These palm-sized flatbreads make excellent hors d'oeuvres.
1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 cups plus 1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
Pinch of sugar
1 1/4 cups warm water (100.F to 110.F), plus more if necessary
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup fresh rosemaryneedles
1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for sprinkling
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper, plus more for sprinkling
4 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for bowl
1 medium red onion
1 bunch fresh sage leaves
4 tomatillos, husked and thinly sliced
6 yellow cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine
yeast, 1 1/2 teaspoons flour, and sugar. Stir in 1/4 cup of the warm water, and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
2. Whisk together the remaining 3 cups flour, cornmeal, rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper; add to the yeast mixture. Using the dough hook, mix on low speed while slowly adding the remaining 1 cup of warm water. Mix, adding more warm water, if necessary, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Mix until the dough is smooth and elastic, 5 to 6 minutes. Turn out the dough onto a clean surface, and knead four turns into a ball.
3. Place the dough in a lightly oiled large bowl, and coat the dough with the oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Turn out onto a clean surface; divide into 12 smaller balls, each about 2 inches in diameter. Transfer the balls to a parchment-lined baking sheet, and loosely cover them with plastic wrap.
4. Preheat the oven to 400.F. On a lightly floured surface, shape one of the balls into a 3-by-5-inch rectangle, then roll it out to a 4-by-11-inch rectangle; it should be very thin. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Slice the onion lengthwise as thinly as possible, leaving the root end intact. Fan out each slice of onion. Brush the surface of the dough with olive oil; place 3 or 4 sage leaves, 2 slices of onion, 2 slices of tomatillo, and 2 slices of tomato on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Repeat with remaining dough, and place on the sheet.
5. Bake until the flatbread turns golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer the flatbread to a wire rack to cool. Working in batches, roll out, top, and bake remaining dough. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week. Makes 12 individual rounds.
Photo: Amy Neunsinger