Recipe

Cheat’s teff flat bread

A quick and delicious bread sans gluten, sugar and dairy? Yes, it's possible! This healthy recipe from The Australian Women's Weekly's 'Sugar-Free For Everyone' cookbook also includes the steps for a vegan cashew cream cheese - it needs to be started a day ahead, but it is well worth it!

  • Serves 4
  • 30 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking
  • 4 hrs marinating
teff quick bread recipe

Ingredients

Cheat’s teff flat bread
  • 2/3 cup (100g) teff flour (see tips)
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sea salt flakes
  • 1 teaspoon nigella seeds
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil or cooking oil spray
Cashew cream cheese
  • 1 2/3 cup (250g) raw cashews
  • 2 teaspoon sea salt flakes
  • 2 teaspoon nutritional yeast flakes
  • 3 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) water
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic

Method

Cheat’s teff flat bread
  • 1
    Make cashew cream cheese; place cashews in a small bowl; cover with cold water. Stand, covered, for 4 hours or overnight. Drain cashews; rinse under cold water, drain well. Blend nuts with remaining ingredients, using a high-powered blender if available; this type of blender will produce a very smooth consistency. (Makes 2 cups)
  • 2
    Sift flour and baking powder into a medium bowl; stir in salt and seeds. Make a well in the centre; whisk in water, eggs and vinegar.
  • 3
    Heat a 20cm (8-inch) wide, 15cm (6-inch) base non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Brush pan with ¼ teaspoon of the coconut oil or coat lightly with oil spray. Pour 1/3 cup of the batter into hot pan; spread with an offset palette knife to cover pan. Cook for 2 minutes each side or until cooked through. Transfer flatbread to a plate; cover to keep warm.
  • 4
    Repeat with remaining batter to make four flatbreads. Cut into wedges; serve topped with cashew cream cheese.

Notes

Flatbreads are best made on day of serving or can be frozen for up to 1 month. Store cashew cream cheese in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Try this topped with halved or quartered mixed heirloom cherry tomatoes and small basil leaves, seasoned with salt and pepper. Teff flour is derived from the seeds of a hardy grass. It is a staple in Ethiopia, where it is used to make injera, a fermented flatbread. Teff is high in protein, calcium and resistant starch, a form of dietary fibre that can help with blood-sugar management. The pleasant nutty taste and its gluten-free status have contributed to its popularity in western countries. Teff flour is available from some supermarkets, delis and health food stores.