This recipe is sort of a spinoff of an Alsatian onion tart and instead incorporates the flavors of Moroccan cuisine with lots of heat. It's inspired by a recipe in A Platter of Figs, by David Tanis, and loosely adapted here. It's very similar to the traditional North African 'Berber Pizza' and could be made completely vegan by omitting the little amount of butter present in the recipe. But, being a non-vegan myself, I firmly believe everything is improved with a little butter.
This recipe yields three large flatbreads and could easily be halved. Right before serving brush with a little bit of olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and your guests will be in for a real treat. Also, the 1/2 Rocoto chili pepper will add a lot of heat -- if you prefer a little less spice either omit the pepper or add less of it. —Helen Savina
3 large flatbreads
active dry yeast
1 3/4 cups
4 1/2 cups
Spicy Onion Filling
medium onions, thinly sliced
cumin seeds, toasted and ground
coriander seeds, toasted and ground
Rocoto chili pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped
In the bowl of a large stand mixer mix the yeast, 3/4 cup warm water, and 1/2 cup of flour together with a whisk. Let sit until foamy, about 3-5 minutes, and the yeast has been activated before adding the remaining 4 cups of flour, salt, olive oil, and the remaining 1 cup of warm water. Use the dough hook attachment and, on speed two, mix until the dough comes together in a smooth ball, about 4 minutes, adding more flour if needed. Cover and let rest in the refrigerator for two hours or overnight.
Spicy Onion Filling
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large, heavy skillet over high heat place add the olive oil and sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and light golden brown, about 25-30 minutes. De-glaze the pan with the 1/4 cup of white wine and add the cumin, coriander, chopped red chile, paprika, Spanish paprika, black pepper and salt. Remove the onions from the heat and sprinkle and toss with the chopped parsley and cilantro.
Divide the dough into six equal-sized balls and cover and let rise for an additional 10 minutes. Roll out 2 of the dough balls into 6-8 inch rounds and, using a spoon, place 1/3 of the onion mixture on one of the rounds. Cover with the other round and pinch the edges together. Flatten out the dough a little bit with your hands and then, with a rolling pin, carefully roll out into a 12-inch circle, taking care so that the onion filling does not spill out the sides. Repeat the process with the remaining dough and onion mixture to make two more flatbreads.
Using a wide spatula and your hands carefully transfer the flatbreads to three separate lightly greased baking sheets and bake them two at a time for about 20-25 minutes, flipping the bread halfway through. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt and serve either hot or at room temperature.