Similar to naan, pita, or chapati, this leavened flatbread recipe is easy to make and so versatile! Use as a wrap, pizza crust, or just eat warm from the pan!

Image of 6 pieces of flatbread in a metal basket with a blue and white towel. Wood background.

Don’t you just love the versatility of flatbreads? Much more interesting than a plain tortilla wrap or a slice of bread, flatbreads just make whatever you put on or in them much more appealing. Whether it’s a pepperoni pizza or this delicious flatbread with bacon, mushroom, shaved asparagus, and ricotta, homemade flatbread just puts everything over the top.

It’s wonderful as a side, too. What meal isn’t made more perfect with the addition of freshly made yeasty bread? It’s delicious with this roasted romaine salad with crispy chicken and tomatoes. Or wrap dill chicken salad in a homemade flatbread. Yum! It would be great with beef stew or chili, too, or anything with a little extra gravy or sauce.

Is your family as crazy about homemade pizza as mine?! Often I buy frozen balls of dough from the grocery store, but these flatbreads make an awesome pizza crust. Just add pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, and favorite toppings for a delicious homemade pizza. My kids love the fact that each flatbread can be made into a personal pizza with exactly the toppings they like. My son loves piles of pepperoni, with just a little sauce and cheese. 

You can feel good about the fact that homemade flatbread is without preservatives or additives. My friend Megan shared this flatbread recipe from King Arthur Flour and I love it! It takes a little time to make but it’s mostly hands off time. Your kids will enjoy participating in the bread making process and it tastes so good when it’s fresh and hot off the griddle. 

image of flatbreads in a basket.

About this flatbread recipe:

With this flatbread recipe, you’ll be using the autolyse method. Mix part of the flour with boiling water and let it rest for half an hour.  Why? This method fully hydrates the flour and activates the gluten. It reduces kneading time and results in more volume and a better crumb structure. Bread making is such a science! I am learning all the time. 

This flatbread recipe works best with instant yeast. If you prefer to use regular active yeast, there are also instructions for that.

After this first step, you’ll add the remaining ingredients, knead the dough, and let it rise for an hour.

You’re up to the fun part! This is the part that kids really love to help with. Divide the dough into 8 balls. After the dough has another brief rest, you flatten each ball into a roundish shape. Irregular shapes are just fine; like my daughter learned in art class, these shapes are called “organic” shapes. 

You don’t even have to turn the oven on to bake this bread–no need to heat up your kitchen. You bake it on a griddle or hot skillet, about 2-3 minutes per side, or until it’s flecked with brown and slightly puffed up. How fun is that!

image of something that resembles naan bread in a metal basket with a blue and white towel.

How to make this flatbread your own: 

  • Think of naan, pita, wraps, or chapati. Homemade flatbreads would work just like any of those commonly used breads. Only better, because you make them yourself. It doesn’t get much fresher or wholesome than that! 
  • Flatbreads are delicious with cheese sprinkled on it and popped under the broiler for a minute or two, kind of an open-faced grilled cheese.
  • Try buttering a warm flatbread and sprinkling a little cinnamon sugar on it for a breakfast treat. Or pile on scrambled eggs and bacon.
  • Use it as a pizza crust with all of your favorite toppings piled on. Bake at 400°F for 5-10 minutes depending on how high you piled your toppings. 
  • Fill it with your favorite sandwich filling, whether it’s deli meat and cheese, or tuna salad, fold it in half and enjoy.

Similar to naan, pita, or chapati, this leavened flatbread recipe is easy to make and so versatile! Use as a wrap, pizza crust, or just eat warm from the pan!

More ways to use this flatbread:

I’m sure you already have tons of ideas for this flatbread, but I’ll share a few of mine:

 

Flatbread Recipe

Flatbread Recipe

Yield: 8 flatbreads
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 51 minutes

Similar to naan, pita, or chapati, this leavened flatbread recipe is easy to make and so versatile! Use as a wrap, pizza crust, or just eat warm from the pan!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) boiling water
  • 1/2 cup instant potato flakes
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast

Instructions

  1. Place 2 cups of the flour into a bowl.  Pour the boiling water over the flour, and stir till smooth. Cover the bowl and set the mixture aside for 30 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the instant potato flakes and remaining flour (1 cup) with the salt, oil and yeast. Add this to the cooled flour/water mixture, stir, then knead for 5-7 minutes (by hand, or stand mixer) to form a soft dough. Add more water, if needed. I added 1 tablespoon.  Add additional flour only if necessary. If kneading by hand, keep your hands and work surface lightly oiled.
  3. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise for 1 hour.
  4. Divide the dough into 8 pieces, cover, and let rest for 15 to 30 minutes.
  5. Roll each piece into a 7- to 8-inch circle, and fry them without oil over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes per side. They will be puffed and flecked with brown spots. Adjust the heat if they seem to be cooking either too quickly, or too slowly; cooking too quickly means they may be raw in the center, while too slowly will dry them out. Transfer the cooked breads to a wire rack, stacking them to keep them soft.
  6. Serve immediately, or cool slightly before storing in a plastic bag.

Notes

  • This recipe works best with instant yeast because it dissolves during the kneading process, so you don’t have to knead liquid into the dough. If you prefer to use active dry yeast, use only 1 cup boiling water for the initial dough, dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup warm water, and add this mixture to the dough along with the potato flour mixture. It’ll be somewhat “slippery” at first, but will knead in and eventually become smooth.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 flatbread
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 334mg Carbohydrates: 38g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 0g Protein: 5g
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Verdict: So yummy and addicting.
Husband’s Take: He likes these a lot. He compares it to Olga bread, which is a really good comparison. Now if only I could replicate Olga snackers!
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Moderate. Lots of steps and waiting, make sure you have plenty of time for resting. (For the flatbread, that is!)
 
Note: This recipe, along with the post and photo, was updated January, 2020. For fun and my own personal embarrassment, here’s one of the original photos!