Crisp seeded flatbreads

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Just a couple days to go, and not a Christmas cookie baked, which is absolutely fine. Normally as a good Norwegian I should have seven kinds of Christmas cookies baked by now, but this year I am ignoring the “shoulds” and opted to just make these crip seeded flatbreads, some to give away and some for us (lots of holiday drinks coming up.) Very easy to make if you need a last minute gift, or just enjoy them yourself. These are delicious with cheese or hummus (prosecco or mulled wine optional…)

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Crisp seeded flatbreads
Adapted from Food in Jars : Homemade Crackers

2 cups flour, a mix of what you have
(I made one batch with 1 cup plain flour + 1/2 cup rye flour + 1/2 cup flour; and one with 1.5 cup plain flour and 1/2 cup polenta. It is a very forgiving recipe.)
1 tsp salt
2 tsp olive oil
3/4 cup water

Topping: 2-3 teaspoons, mixing a couple seeds and spices you have and like, for example, sesame seeds, cracked pepper, flax seeds, fennel seeds, sumac, poppy seeds, rosemary, smoked salt.

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Heat the oven to 225C/ 450F. Mix flours, water, salt and olive oil until you have a nice lump of dough. Let it rest for a few minutes. Then divide the dough in two, and roll it out, as if you were rolling out a thin pizza base. You may need a little flour. I roll it out straight onto baking paper.

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Sprinkle with a little water, then top with seed or spice mixture of your choice. Plain coarse salt and pepper is great too. I usually sprinkle a little more water on, then run a fork lightly over the dough to make the seeds adhere. Otherwise they fall off a bit too soon and can be messy when eating them. See what works for you.

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Just before it goes into the oven, slice the dough into strips or squares. As in the original recipe, a pizza cutter is very handy for this. Bake at 225C/ 450F for 10-12 minutes. Important: watch the trays the last few minutes, they change from a tad pale to slightly burned faster than you would think……

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Cool on a rack, break carefully apart and enjoy! These keep well for a month, are very inexpensive to make, and are nice as a gift, for when unexpected guests pop by, or just for yourself after post-work drinks when you cannot be bother to cook a proper dinner: cheese and flatbreads might be just what you fancy. Happy continued relaxing holiday countdown to all!
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