Lilac + Honey + Goat Cheese on Chapati

Ever since I finished up my most recent semester at SCSU, I’ve been trying out new recipes as often as I can (some may say “unique” ones…) and this is by far my favorite! The inspiration came from the creative and amazing Fox Meets Bear and her epic baked brie with lilac and lavender recipe…which is on my list to make!

I don’t normally consume much sugar, unless if it’s a little vegan ice cream (thank you Ben & Jerry’s) or a smidgen of honey or agave/maple syrup here or there (mainly in my porridge oats for breakfast or drizzled on veggie sausages) so this is sort of a treat in my mind - but you could always add just a teaspoon of honey if you wanted to…opposed to me adding probably a tablespoon or two. Ha. Or you can take out the honey and add in thyme and some other herbs for more rich flavors. 

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I tested out making the Indian flatbread, known as Chapati bread, the day before this recipe popped into my head to try. And I loved the flatbread, so decided to use it as the base of the recipe and I personally feel it works perfectly. However, you can definitely use store-bought pita bread or make something else entirely that suits your fancy. Rosemary crackers would also work great with the ingredients! (my mouth is water already...Rosemary is my spirit animal herb.)

With this recipe, I wanted to keep it simple and grounded. Something tasty that doesn’t take long, nor has many ingredients, but will make you and whoever you serve go, “wow!” and feel throughly impressed by you.  

In a large bowl, pour 2 cups of plain flour (I used organic whole wheat flour) and a pinch or two of salt. Add 1 cup of cold water to the bowl. Knead the ingredients together until you have a dough that doesn’t stick to the sides of the bowl (add more flour if needed). Let the dough sit for 10 minutes. 

*During this time, go grab a cup of tea, lemon water, anything to sip and relax*

Now, divide the dough into 8-10 round balls. Make sure to dust your surface with flour, as well as a rolling pin, and start to roll out the balls until they are in round, flat disks. (*notice that my circular skills are not on par and yours don’t need to be either). Add more flour on your rolling surface as needed. 

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In a non-stick pan, throw the heat on medium and lay the flatbread pieces into the pan, flipping back and forth on each side after a minute or two, and finishing after they begin to inflate. 

Use a good quality goat cheese to smear across the Chapati bread - however much your little heart desires. Then, make sure you have freshly picked lilac’s and carefully & sweetly pick off the buds from the stems - then sprinkle them on top of the goat cheese to your liking. Next comes the honey - I used an Orange Blossom Honey, and am going to try a Raw Wildflower Honey next time. Use any type you would like, and feel free to mix it up each time and see what you like best!

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Now that, my friends, is all there is to the recipe! If you try it out let me know how you like it or if you added any other mouth-watering ingredients! 

I’m excited that I now have a simple appetizer staple to serve during “girls nights” or when my lovely Mama comes to visit - and sharing this with all of you is even better! 

xx

Jessie Wade