- My blog on a plate? Hmm, over the years my blog has become a litle of this, a little of that. Food, craft, baby, storytelling, love... This dish is the best way I can see to blend it all together onto one giant plate. This appetizer platter signifies everything that is important to me now: a fun approach to healthy eating, the creative elements of food and play, and the importance of sharing and bonding as a family. It seems like a lot of work, but each example below is just an idea of the dips you can add to your own bread palette. Try anything bright (add store bought hummus, yogurt, or dressings if you like) and cut the time in half:)
- Bread: 1.5 c. lukewarm water
- 2 cups hot water, set aside
- 1 envelope of active yeast
- 1/2 tbls. kosher salt
- 3.5 c. whole wheat flour
- RED: Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade
- YELLOW: Lemon Hummus or yogurt
- ORANGE: Pumpkin Dip
- GREEN: Guacamole
- In a large Tupperware container, mix 1.5 cups of lukewarm water with 1 envelope of yeast and 1/2 Tbls. of kosher salt.
- Add 3.5 cups of whole wheat flour, mixing well with a wooden spoon until all flour is combined and dough is sticky.
- Cover with a towel and let rise in a dry, warm room for 3-5 hours or until dough doubles in size.
- When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 450 degrees. I recommend a pizza stone, but if you don't have one you could do it on a baking sheet instead. If using the stone, put it in the oven now. Place a roasting pan on the bottom rack of your oven.
- Dust your work surface (I do this right on a pizza peel because I then transfer it to a pizza stone, but you can shape it right on the baking sheet if that is what you have) and hands with flour. Cut 3/4 of the dough from the container, and shape it into a crescent like a painter's palette. Cut a circle from one side for the thumb hole.
- Shape remaining dough into a rod for the paint brush and any other shape you'd like (I used extra dough to make little baguettes for dipping).
- Slide dough shapes onto pizza stone or put baking sheet in oven.
- Pour 2 cups of hot water into the roasting pan and shut the oven door to catch steam. Watch out for hot steam when you do this because it burns like a mother!
- Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes or until crusty and browned. (You may need to take smaller shapes out earlier, so keep an eye on them!)
- Cool completely.
- Cut organic paint shapes from the palette using a serrated knife and dig out a little bowl for your dips. Save any bread that you pull out; you'll need it later 'cause it makes good eats!
- Spoon dips into each little bowl and serve with veggies and the extra bread. When you run out of dippers you can just start tearing your palette into delicious little pieces!