Eggplant Flatbread at the Boston Center for Adult Education

First of all, I’m super happy to announce that we made it to round 2 of Foodbuzz’s Project Food Blog!! 🙂 YAY!!! Thank you sooo much to everyone who voted for us– We really, really appreciate it. Now it’s super crunch time since the second assignment is due in just 3 days! We’ll be working hard this weekend and hope you like what we come up with 🙂

It’s not secret that we love flatbread here at We are not Martha. And it’s probably even less of a secret that I love anything involving making my own dough. So, for our last video on the BCAE series, we’re showing you how to make a beautiful, rustic eggplant flatbread. Starting with making your own dough!

We had the awesome opportunity to use the BCAE’s pizza oven, but you can obviously make it in your own at-home oven (if you’re not so lucky to have your own pizza oven. I wish I was!!). I’ll share the recipe with you here, too, so you can get down all the details. You might notice me threatening to not be Chels’s friend anymore if she doesn’t make her own pizza dough. I didn’t reallyyyy mean it. But, after this lovely experience, I think she will be making her own dough next time. It’s fun!!

Also, please refrain from shouting “That’s what she said!” a million times at your computer screen while watching the video. I know. OK. I know. And I can’t cut them out because they’re all important to the pizza-making process. Also? Don’t ask why I wore so many dangly bracelets while rolling out dough. I didn’t even notice them until I watched the video. Oh and one more thing– The intro music to this video makes me feel like we’re on Chris Kimball’s Cook’s Country 🙂

Hope you enjoy!

Boston Center for Adult Education | BCAE| Eggplant Flatbread from Chels and Sues on Vimeo.

Here are all the details 🙂

No-Knead Flatbread Dough (makes about 4 medium flatbreads):

  • 2 3/4 C lukewarm water
  • 1 1/2 T granulated yeast
  • 1 1/2 T salt
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 1/2 C unbleached all-purpose flour

Eggplant Flatbread (makes 1 medium flatbread):

  • 1 large eggplant
  • Olive oil
  • 3 oz. grated mozzarella (3/4 C)
  • 1 oz. grated parmesan
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 t dried red pepper flakes

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To make the dough:

Mix yeast, salt, sugar, and olive oil with the water in a 5 quart bowl. Mix in flour without kneading, with a wooden spoon. Cover the bowl (with a kitchen towel, or whatever) and let sit and rise for two hours. You can refrigerate it for, covered, for up to 12 days.

For the flatbread:

Cut eggplant into 1/3-inch rounds and arrange in 1 layer on foil-lined baking sheet. Brush both sides with a little bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Now, Broil the eggplant about 2-3 inches from the heat until golden brown. You’ll probably want to do about 4 minutes on one side, then flip eggplant over and do another 4 minutes on the other side.

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Roll out dough into a flatbread shape on a lightly floured surface. It can be circular, long, heart, whatever you want!

Brush some olive oil over your dough and sprinkle about 1/2 the cheeses over the dough. Place the eggplant on the dough, overlapping it and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

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Now, heat some oil in a small skillet over medium heat and get it hot but not smoking. Cook garlic and red pepper, stirring for about 40 seconds. Put the garlic/red pepper flake mixture over the eggplant.

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Put flatbread in 500 degree oven for about 10-12 minutes, until dough is nice and crispy!

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Can you tell I’m obsessed with making my own dough? Try it!! You’ll fall in love, too 🙂

Now it’s Friday evening and I’m totally craving this again! This is one of the most delightful flatbreads I’ve had in a long time and I actually kind of felt like it could be served in a restaurant. Using the BCAE’s kitchen was awesome, but I know we could have made this in our own home kitchens, too. I’m having a serious want for a pizza oven, but I fear I’d make flatbread every night!

Check out the rest of our BCAE Series:

BCAE State of the Art Kitchen Tour

Mango Ginger Smoothie

Skillet Slaw

Happy weekend! What are you up to? Any big food plans??

[Sues]

15 Responses to "Eggplant Flatbread at the Boston Center for Adult Education"

  1. Simply Life says:

    congrats on making it to the 2nd round – this looks delicious! Just curious- how do you find out about so many fun Boston foodie events?

  2. Sues says:

    @ Simply Life- Hi! I think we find out about so many Boston food events mostly through our network of local food blogging friends. Are you on Twitter? There’s definitely a lot of event talk on there and it’s a great way to form a network.

    Also, I didn’t even realize you were from Boston! If you make it clear you’re in Boston on your blog, you might even get people contacting you about events! It would be great to see you at an event 🙂

    [Sues]

  3. Michelle says:

    After our class at KAF, I’m totally on board with making my own pizza dough! I’m looking forward to a fab weekend of food – date night tonight, cooking for #PFB2010 (yay us!) and brunch with some Boston foodies!

  4. Sharon says:

    You two are unbelievable! There is no way on earth you wouldn’t make it to Round 2…you have what it takes to win the whole contest!!
    Your flat bread video is just the best…you make it look so easy so I know everyone that sees it will definitely want to try it. And that’s your secret…you know how to make the most intimidating processes look like a walk in the park…Best of luck in round 2…All your followers need to VOTE…We want WANM to WIN!!!

  5. Joanne says:

    I think you’re not really baking until there are a few that’s what she said moments. They are necessary and highly inevitable.

    Congrats on PFB! I was shocked when I saw how soon the next challenge was…got to get my butt in gear! This pizza looks awesome.

  6. Erica says:

    How fun is this? I love making my own dough too- even better when its no kneed. Eggplant is a great topping idea. We’re making pizza this weekend and I’m totally going to pick up some eggplant to go with. Congrats on round 2

  7. Susan says:

    Great video! You’re so brave to get your bracelets in the dough and flour 😉 Congratulations and good luck! I can’t wait to try some flatbread with your recipe.

  8. Mary says:

    Am delighted to see that you’re moving forward in the competition. Delighted, mind you. Not surprised. The video is terrific. Have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

  9. emily says:

    you ladies are too cute, and your recipe looks amazing! congrats on making it to round 2 of PFB, too! 🙂

  10. The video is super cute! Congrats on making it to the next round with Food Buzz.

  11. Congratulations for making it to round 2, very exciting! Loving your flatbread with eggplants, yum!

  12. newlywed says:

    This looks great! Congrats on making it to round 2. I’m in love with your aprons, btw. I’ve made pizza dough a couple of times. I think after trying the Pioneer Woman’s recipe, it is going to be hard to go back to the storebought stuff!

  13. Congrats and wow does this look delicious. I need to make my own dough ASAP! Especially since we’re always making grilled pizzas.

  14. Kerstin says:

    i love how eggplant is the star here – yum!! Can’t wait to see what you make for round 2 🙂

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