Share:
flatbread

Quick & Easy Flatbread

Quick & Easy Flatbread

Homemade flatbread smells and tastes amazing. Mine is more like pita bread or naan and you can use it to make your own gyros, pizza, focaccia, or dip it into hummus. No stand mixer? Mix by hand and knead about 50 turns. And always aerate your flour before measuring.- Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Makes: Four 6-inch flatbreads

Quick & Easy Flatbread

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose or bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon yeast (dry active or instant)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° F for active - 120° for instant)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Place flour, yeast, and salt into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add water and oil and beat for 1 minute.
  3. Place dough (it will be sticky) on a floured surface and cover with a towel. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. After 10 min., preheat a cast iron skillet to med-high.
  5. Divide dough into four and shape each piece into a ball.
  6. Roll each ball into a 6-inch circle.
  7. Cook on ungreased hot pan about 1 minute per side.

Notes: To make whole wheat flatbread use 1/2 whole wheat and half all-purpose flour.

For more on this recipe in my blog click here.

Quick & Easy Flatbread

73 Comments on "Quick & Easy Flatbread"

  1. LizBeth

    Am going to try this recipe approach with gluten-free 1for1 flour. I will let you know how it works out. Have all but given up flour – except what comes over from Israel as I believe that grain has not been messed with genetically. Kosher for Passover means, to me, that the grain is ancient and has had no alterations – same as G-d gave us from the beginning.

  2. Razia

    I have always wanted to.make these but it always called for a cast iron skillet can I use an ordinary frying pan

    • Jenny

      I have only used cast iron so please look at other recipes to see if other pans can be used.

  3. Jeanne L

    We moved to Maine and I can’t seem to find any decent pita bread where I live. But now I can make my own. I just made this recipe and it was so easy, quick, and they tasted so fresh and good. So much better than the packaged bread. I made fresh hummus and the two went together perfectly. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to make it again!

  4. ninette

    Dear Jen, you have said to use half wheat half APF total 1 cup but what about the quarter cup as recipe says 1and quart cup flour please clarify thanks

    • Jenny

      Thank you for catching my mistake. I should have just left it at half & half and will adjust the recipe. So it should be 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. of each flour.

  5. Marcy

    Jenny, you are a delight, and an inspiration when I become bored of my usual fare. Your smile and bright eyes infect people with good feelings. Your site is a bright spot on the internet.

    God bless you, and may you continue to show us just how easy it is to make things from scratch.

  6. Sammie

    This was easy breezy and so delicious, easy to make while preparing dinner…thanks so much

  7. Sian

    Made these today. Really pleased! Will be making again. Thank you for sharing! ☺

  8. Emily

    This is my new go to recipe! Thank you so much. I have a question. I’d like to cook this for a crowd, so just simply multiplying the ingredients. But it doesn’t seem prudent to multiply the yeast. Do you have any recommendations? I’m thinking about making 60 flatbreads.

    • Jenny

      I wish I could help but I have only made four at a time. You may have to look at other recipes to help with the amount of yeast.

    • Daniele

      Why not just make ahead and freeze? I just made four and froze two, double wrapped. Just love them.

  9. Janaki

    Hi Jenny,
    I love your cooking! Thank you so much for your great videos.
    I am allergic to yeast. Would your bread recipes work with sour dough?
    Kind regards,
    Janaki

  10. Justin

    Hello Jenny, I made this recipe this morning to try it out because I am looking for something else to use rather the buying a loaf of bread for my lunches. I let the dough sit for 10-15 min and it didn’t really rise. I used the correct temp of water. I rolled them out to six inch sized and they ended up around 4 inches by the time I got to them to put on my grittle. They cam out very good. But I’m not sure if they are suppose to be really dense or more fluffy. Not quite like a thick fluffy pancake but not dense. When I go to bent it as if into a taco shape it breaks. I did mix by hand for a min or two before I let it sit.

    • Jenny

      A couple of suggestions: It might be a good idea to watch the video again. If you have an electric mixer, it’s better to use it. The dough is not supposed to rise, only rest for 10 minutes. If the flatbreads are not soft enough, it could be from the pan not being hot enough or not rolling them big enough. A cast iron pan will give the best result. If you try again, be sure to follow the recipe exactly with no changes at all. I make these all the time and they are always soft, puffy, and flexible. Good luck!

  11. Maureen

    HEY Jenny, how is it going? I watch your video on how to make flat bread and i just love it i will try and make it at home i love flat bread.thank you for your video..

  12. Nita

    I have used this recipe several times because my grocery store runs out Naan almost as soon as they get it in. It goes perfect with my Tikka Masala and Madras curry! I ended up doubling the recipe and adding minced garlic and fresh cilantro and it turned out perfect and tasty. This is a must-have recipe!! I also did it all by hand because I don’t have any mixers.

  13. Jake

    Hi Jenny,

    I’m wondering why this flatbread takes such a shorter time than others that also use yeast. Usually the rising process has to take some time, but yours doesn’t need long–why’s that? Thanks so much, this is a very useful recipe.

    Jake

  14. Shea

    I didn’t have time to make pita for souvlaki tonight so went in search of a quick flatbread. This looked like it would fit the bill. I doubled the recipe and used white whole wheat flour and it was perfect. I didn’t even bother to get out my mixer. Thanks! This is definitely in rotation now.

  15. Barbara

    Another great recipe fromJenny. So quick and easy. Thank you.

  16. Chantelle

    This is my first time trying to make flatbread, so I want it to come our perfectly the first time. I have some quick question before I begin.
    1. Can I use a hand mixer In place of the stand mixer?
    2. Does the water have to be exact? I own a regular thurmomiter, but no cooking ones.

    Thank you for your time, hope to hear back soon.

    • Jenny

      The dough may be too thick for a hand mixer but you can mix it by hand. You will also have to knead it by hand for about 50 to 100 turns before resting. The water needs to be as close as you can get it to the right temperature. Keep in mind that hot tap water usually comes out at around 120 or 125 degrees F.

  17. Sara

    Hi jenny,
    I used your homemade tortillas recipe . Although, your recipe from YouTube is different from what you have in your site , I am assuming both should work. However, I used your YouTube one . It was disaster ! I just am wondering what I did wrong . I followed your instruction carefully.
    The water was not enough to hold the Flour ! So I added one more cups . Still did not hold them together . Would you please let me know what I did wrong!!

    • Jenny

      My printable recipe and youtube video for this flatbread are exactly the same and this is a proven recipe that I make regularly. I only post things that I make at home. It’s possible you may have measured incorrectly or may have confused this with my recipe for tortillas. (my tortilla video is also exactly the same as my tortilla printable recipe) Please try again, measure carefully, always aerate your flour before measuring, and let me know how it turns out. I’m not sure why you say the video and recipe are different when with both my flatbread and tortillas, the videos and recipes are exactly the same.

  18. Beth

    I have just recently found you and your wonderful recipes, video’s and humor. We love the homemade “pita” (flatbread) and soooooooooo easy to make. I will never buy any again! Thank you, so much for sharing your cooking experience and recipes. Can’t wait to keep trying all of them. Oh! yeah, I love the healthier eating about it too.

  19. Grace

    Can this flat bread be made ahead and then frozen?

  20. KMD

    (oops – this comment corrects a prior one – I meant to say 153 cals each not “just under 200” – had calculated two TABLESPOONS of olive oil not two teaspoons (thankfully I’d used the right amount in the recipe though!)

  21. KMD

    Hi Jenny,

    Thank you for these recipes! I tried this using a mix of oat/wheat and while it doesn’t rise quite as much, they had a lovely flavour and were so easy to make! Calculating out the calories the oat-wheat ones I did worked out to just under 200 apiece, which works brilliantly for me. 🙂

  22. Jane

    Brilliant recipe and have now passed it on to my family Thank you so much for sharing.

  23. Louise

    Fantastic! Made these tonight and will definitely be making them again! Yummy and so easy!
    Thank you!

  24. janice

    This is the BEST and EASIEST flatbread recipe…tons of stars on this one. A true winner

  25. John

    Hi Jenny,

    Love the potato flatbreads and I have only just “discovered ” you on You Tube. What a fabulous set of recipes. I just love the way you present your episodes. You are brilliant! I am now a confirmed follower. keep those recipes coming!

    Best regards

    John

  26. dave

    Hi jenny!😊☺I made the pita recipe and it turned out great! Ty so much. I will be making my own for now on.

  27. Stephanie

    So yummy! I’ve been making lots of flatbread lately, since our oven is currently broken. I love how soft and fluffy these turn out, especially with how fast they are to make. I make them on the electric griddle so I can do 3-4 at a time, depending on how big I make them. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  28. zahra

    Love this recipe. I actually didn’t see the part at the bottom about how to sub whole wheat flour, and just used 1 and 1/4 cups of all whole wheat plus a little extra water to bring it together – comes together beautifully and tastes amazing! such an easy recipe we even make it during the week. thanks!

  29. Donna

    I love this flatbread! I have made it many times and it always turns out fab. I like to keep these flatbreads on hand for making flatbread pizza, as a wrap for simple tossed salad ingredients or eating with whatever I’m having for dinner. When eating them for dinner, I dip them in a combo of extra light tasting olive oil flavored with any seasoning grinder such as Italian Herb. Try it – you’ll love it too!

  30. Denise

    Can the dough be frozen, after making it into a ball? Then, do an overnight defrost in the fridge? If this is possible, would dough need to come to room temp before proceeding?

    THANKS!

    • Jenny

      I have no experience with freezing yeast doughs so you may have to look around for that information but if you do freeze it you need to defrost it overnight in the fridge and bring it to room temperature before rolling.

  31. betty

    you make me laugh, i learn something and you are always funny thank you.

  32. Lori

    I Love all your recipes, The ease My grandkids are going to love this. I have two who always order flatbread, I never thought about making my own!! May I ask what is Naam? Do you have a recipe?

    • Jenny

      It’s naan and it is flatbread – it’s the same thing. With Indian cuisine it’s called Naan.

    • CeeJoy

      Naan Bread is middle eastern and usually has Yogurt in the mixture.
      I use this one found online….
      2 INGREDIENT NAAN:
      3⅓ self-rising (self-raising) flour
      1½ cups greek yogurt (or regular PLAIN yogurt)

      Start by making your dough. Combine the self-rising flour and the greek yogurt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the hook attachment. This can also be done by hand. Mix the 2 ingredients until the dough starts to form. If the dough is dry, add 1 tablespoon of water. Continue to knead and bring the dough together. If the dough is still barely holding, add the second tablespoon of water.
      Dump the dough out onto a large, lightly floured surface. Work the dough out into a large disc. Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces. Roll each piece out until it is about ⅓ inch in thickness and has a 6 inch diameter.
      Place a griddle pan on high heat and let it get very hot. Cook the naan on each side for 2 minutes. Naan should puff up and have a light char. If desired, brush each side with olive oil and a small pinch of sea salt.
      >Garlic/Cilantro variation:
      Once the first side of the naan is cooked, flip the naan over and brush the cooked side with olive oil, sprinkle with about ¼ teaspoon of cilantro and ¼ teaspoon of garlic. When the second side is cooked, flip the garlic side onto the griddle surface for just a few seconds. The hot surface will help seal the garlic to the naan.

  33. Dorna .griffin

    Jenny can I use a regular fry pan thanks

    • Jenny

      You can but if it’s a non-stick pan you should not heat it to medium-high as it’s not safe for most non-stick surfaces. Keep the heat at medium but they may not puff up as much as they would on cast iron.

  34. Dawn

    These are so easy to make. And filling them, well the possibilities are endless. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to making some more of your recipes.

  35. Paula

    Can you make dough in food processor I don’t have a mixer.

    • Jenny

      Yes, you can. Just process it until it forms a ball.

  36. Roz

    Do I need to knead, and at what stage?

    • Jenny

      There is no kneading with my recipe as long as you beat it for one minute.

  37. marie b from canada

    what brand of cast iron pan did you use? its looks pretty and durable. thank narie

    • Jenny

      It’s by Le Creuset.

      • Marie B from Canada

        Thanks.. I was not sure if le creuset or staub.

    • CeeJoy

      Lodge has much less expensive pans. You should try the Cast Iron Enamel Non-Stick Square Grill Pan/Griddle. The Porcelain coated cast iron is much easier to care for than just the cast iron one.
      I would look online at Amazon or Bed Bath & Beyond or something similar to check out what is out there. I prefer Amazon as Verified Purchasers do reviews of the products, so you can usually get a good idea from the users of products.

  38. Sandra Bennett

    I have made several of your recipes and they were delicious!
    I have a question regarding your flat bread recipe. As soon as I make it – it’s gone. It smells good, it tastes great and I am hoping that you will tell me I can make it for my two granddaughters – both of whom have celiac (gluten intolerance) Can I substitute regular flour with King Arthur gluten free flour and xanthan gum? Using all the other ingredients from your original recipe?

    • Jenny

      I have no experience with gluten-free baking but from my research, that sounds like it could work.

  39. Bex

    Jenny your recipes and videos’ are priceless.

    Thanks for feeding us and keeping us entertained.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy 2015.

  40. Charlene

    These are soooooooooooo ! very good
    I have made them several times
    I have added Italian seasoning/ taco seasoning/

  41. Mark

    I just made these with the help of my 8 yr old daughter, they came out great and she loved them, she is already asking me to make more. These are so simple to make, we just ate them with butter, but my next batch I will make something to fill them with, these are very versatile. I love your healthy and simple recipes

    Thanks Jenny,

  42. Shaheen parker

    Hi jenny
    Like the way you prepare reciepes quick & funway!
    Tried potatoe patty,it was delicious .
    One question can i bake in oven ,these flat breads like pita.or can i freeze ,fridge , dough for next day,cooking?
    Thanks

    • Jenny

      It’s not easy to make flatbreads in the oven. The oven would have to be extremely hot and you might also need a baking stone. It’s much faster and more convenient to use a cast iron pan. You can make the dough in advance, wrap it in plastic and refrigerate, then shape and cook the next day.

  43. khabirah

    Can I add seasoning like garlic powder to this recipe or will it be ruined? If i can when should I add it?

  44. khabirah

    Hi jenny i just tried this recipe but i think something may have went wrong with my yeast . I bought a thermometer and tested my water, but my dough seemed dry when i mixed everything together. so i tried it again an it came out dry again. i don’t have a stand mixer like yours. i only have the electric beater, you know the ones with the two attachable and dettacable beaters. could this be the reason?

    • Jenny

      A hand mixer should not cause this problem. I think it may be too much flour, which depends on how you measure it. If you’re using stackable measuring cups and you just scoop up the flour you may be taking too much flour if it has settled in the bag or container. It makes a big difference if you stir up the flour to aerate it and measure after that, always leveling it off the top. If that’s not the problem, I would just add a little more water. Most bread recipes are pretty flexible with the ratio of flour and water. Here is some good information on measuring flour: http://www.jennycancook.com/flour-basics/ Keep me posted.

      • abrogard

        I think it might help to weigh your flour. 120gm per cup they seem to say everywhere.

  45. Sundus

    Is it possible to make it with only wholewheat flower?

    • Jenny

      You can use all whole wheat flour but you may find them a bit tough and chewy (healthier, though).

  46. Camie

    Will this work in any other skillet? I don’t have cast iron anymore.

    • Jenny

      Flatbread requires a very hot pan and they say it’s not safe to heat non-stick pans too high so maybe a regular pan might work, if the breads don’t stick. I wish I had a better answer – maybe someone else will help out.

  47. Neeta

    Such an easy recipe. I’m learning how to eat better thanks to your recipes. Thanks Jenny 🙂

Leave a Comment

Please understand I’m not always able to answer your questions.