Maltese-Inspired Ftira

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Recipe

Ingredients:

tomato paste

cherry tomatoes, diced

handful of pitted olives, sliced

plain tuna in olive oil

capers

mint *optional

sourdough bread (See recipe below to make from scratch) 

4 cups of plain flour

1 sachet of dry yeast 7g

1 sourdough enhancer sachet 14g

1 tsp caster sugar

1 & 1/2 cups of luke warm tap water

1 tsp rock salt

60 ml of olive oil

sesame seeds

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Create:

1. In a small bowl combine water, sugar and dry yeast. Allow to bubble 5-8 mins. Stir to combine and set aside.

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2. In a large bowl, mix 4 cups of plain flour with salt and sourdough enhancer. Make a well in middle and add 60 ml of oil, followed by the small bowl of liquid mixture. Gradually mix with a wooden spoon and than with your hands knead for around 10 mins.

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3. Once it is combined, form a ball and then place the ball into a larger bowl and cover. Place in the warmest part of the house to allow the ball to double in size. It should take around 30 mins or longer.

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4. Once it has doubled in size, knead for a little longer. Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Form a round ball and flatten slightly with a rolling pin. Make a whole in the centre, I had used a ceramic dish and kept it there (in oven) so it wouldn’t close up during baking. Sprinkle with some sesame seeds, now bake for around 1 hour or until golden brown.

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5. Once the bread is ready, cut into slices. Add tomato paste, tuna, olives, capers and cherry tomatoes. Enjoy.

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