Friday, April 2, 2010

HBinFive Bread Braid April 1st

I stood with the refrigerator door open and weighed my options for making the Olive Spelt dough. If I didn't want to run out to the co-op, I had the choice between whole milk buttermilk or nonfat Greek-style plain yogurt for the whole milk plain yogurt called for in the recipe. Since I knew I would eat the yogurt, but would not drink the buttermilk, I decided to use up the latter.

Wrong choice, I believe. If any of you have made the Buttermilk Bread dough from ABinFive, you are familiar with the consistency. Wet. Sticky. Gloppy. Delicious. But that dough gets put into a loaf pan.

I decided I was going to make some version of these lentil pizzas.

I made one big pizza, rolling out the dough to 1/8 inch. The dough stuck to everything despite lots of extra flour and cornmeal on the paddle. I had holes in the rolled out dough.

I piled on the topping anyway, and then tried to slide the pizza into the oven. By the time I got it onto the baking stone it looked like a misshapen giant pretzel. I had little hope for it being edible.

To my surprise it was delicious. Not the prettiest sight, mind you, but the lentil topping was perfect for this tangy dough, the cinnamon and cumin offsetting the sourness.

So, if you try the topping, here's what I did. I made half the lentil mixture, and did not include the arabic spice mix. I might suggest making smaller pizzas, rather than one large one.

Alas, I will try yogurt next time.


  1. That sounds pretty yummy. We like lentils around here and of course pizza! I'm going to save that recipe.

  2. I tried using kefir similar to buttermilk and had the same result with a way to wet dough. So I just added a bit more flour and made pizza dough which was wonderful. But then I bought yogurt and the dough turned out just fine. The Olive Spelt Bread is now our favorite so far!

    I use buttermilk in cupcakes, cakes, pastry in place of water or milk and it adds such a great flavor. Love using buttermilk!

  3. We love lentils at my house. What a creative way to turn lemons into lemonade.

  4. Fascinating! I'm totally intrigued with the idea of lentils on pizza. What a creative idea and I'll bet it really was delicious! Thanks so much for sharing this one. :)

  5. Lentils on pizza is not something I would have thought of, but now I'm going to have to try it. Great idea.



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