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Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Malta with our Ftira recipe, a delicious and versatile flatbread that mirrors the island's rich cultural tapestry. Whether enjoyed plain or loaded with savory toppings, Ftira is a Maltese culinary gem waiting to be discovered.
4 cups all-purpose flour (lb: 1.8, kg: 0.9)
1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
Toppings of your choice (tomatoes, olives, capers, tuna, etc.)
In a bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water and sprinkle yeast over it. Let it sit until frothy. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture. Gradually mix in flour, then knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with a cloth, and let it rise until doubled in size. Punch down the dough, divide it into portions, and shape into flat rounds. Place the rounds on a baking sheet, brush with olive oil, and add your preferred toppings. Let it rise again, then bake in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) until golden brown.
Serve this freshly baked Ftira warm, either on its own as a delightful flatbread or adorned with your favorite Mediterranean toppings for a burst of flavors.
Let the Ftira be your gateway to Malta's culinary heritage a simple yet exquisite bread that encapsulates the warmth and diversity of Maltese kitchens.