Flatbread, homemade and fresh from the oven, is simply irresistible. Once you make this easy recipe, you’ll never buy it again. This flatbread recipe makes a bread that’s soft and chewy. It’s perfect as a scoop for a dip or ideal as the basis of the main dish. This yeast bread is so versatile your family will beg you to keep plenty on hand.
Searching for the best flatbread recipe
It all started when we took our oldest son, Jason, out to lunch. He picked out a Mediterranean restaurant and that’s where we discovered flatbread and baba ghanoush. OMG!! It was so good. It was decided. We’d make flatbread and baba ghanoush as an appetizer for Easter.
Our children and grandchildren are very adventuresome in the culinary department. We knew that they’d love the idea of something new.
Reading the directions
I’m sure you know the saying measure twice; cut once. The same goes for cooking. Read the directions several times and make sure the measurements are accurate.
“No way is this dough going to come together to form a ball,” said Honey. He stood behind the stand mixer, staring at the dough as the dough hook worked around and around.
“What’s the matter?” I asked. I was at the computer working on a post.
He shook his head in disgust. “The dough looks like pancake batter and I put in the right amount of flour.”
“How much water did you add?”
“What the recipe called for, 2 2/3 cups,” he answered. He picked up the printed recipe and checked the ingredients. “Ooooh! I, uh, didn’t read it right. It calls for 2/3 cup water.”
A delicious flatbread mistake
He walked back to the mixer and started adding flour. And more flour. A tiny pinch of instant yeast. Then he added a pinch more of salt. A few more scoops of flour.
This looked like a mad scientific experiment. Flour puffed up with each addition of flour to the mixer bowl.
He looked up and smiled. “It’s coming together. It feels pretty good too.” He turned off the mixer, “I’m going to let it double in size.”
“I don’t know, Honey, with the number of adjustments you made to that dough it may overflow and take over our kitchen.” I really was trying hard not to laugh. But, I’d been in the same predicament before. Haven’t we all?
Putting the flatbread together
The bread doubled in bulk in no time. It was easy to work with and I found that when I rolled it into a six-inch circle it didn’t fight me. Most of the time spent with this type of yeast bread recipe is waiting for it to rise.
We used an iron skillet to make the flatbread and it was a breeze. You cook the pancake-shaped bread several minutes on one side, then flip it over and cook the second side until it is golden and spotty brown.
This bread ended up as a pocketless pita. We transferred the pita to a plate and covered it with a clean kitchen towel and piled each pita on top of each other.
The subsequent times we made the flatbread we used two skillets because we doubled the recipe.
Flatbread a new family favorite
This yeast bread freezes like a dream. There are quite a few flatbread recipes out there and we tried a few. This one was the best. We made a total of 30 flatbread but we saved some of the dough from two of the batches and made pizzas out of it. Let me tell you, the pizzas were phenomenal!! The crust was easy to roll out and once baked it was chewy and crunchy.
Let me tell you, the pizzas were phenomenal!! The crust was easy to roll out and once baked it was chewy and crunchy.
The kids took the rest of the meat and flatbread home with them. It certainly makes this mom and dad happy to feed their loved ones.
Next recipe on the schedule is baba ghanoush. If you’ve never tasted it, you’re in for a real treat!
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