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Easy 1-2-3 Flatbread
April 27, 2020 March 22, 2020
Today’s post is all about flatbread. Flatbreads have so many uses in meals and snacks. Not to be confused with pita and naan bread, although very similar.
What is the difference between naan, pita, and yogurt flatbread?
All are variations of flatbreads. Sometimes flatbread is made with ingredients like chickpeas (garbanzo beans), but most common ingredients are flour, water, and salt. Some flatbreads use butter and milk with oil to cook them.
Pita is made with a lean dough (flour, water, yeast, salt, olive oil) while naan is made with an enriched dough that includes eggs and yogurt. This gives it a different texture. Naan bread tends to be more moist and tender than pita bread. Naan is cooked on a griddle or a skillet, at medium heat.
When I found out you can make a bread dough with two-ingredients, it was like opening the door to nirvana (“a state of perfect happiness; an ideal or idyllic place”). So I experimented with a few recipes (see post Bread Dough Made Easy) to make breadsticks and pretzel bites.
Then I discovered this flatbread! It is so simple you’ll want to make it often.
Dough mixed, balled and ready for flattening. Let sit for about 5 minutes before rolling. Note: I didn’t let the dough sit with the first few balls I flattened and rolled out. The dough was a bit too sticky and required a lot of flour on the counter and rolling pin to keep it from sticking. The dough balls that had been sitting for 5 minutes or more were much easier to work with and required a lot less flour in the rolling out process.
Flatten the dough slightly before rolling out. Be sure to use flour on your board and on the rolling pin.
Roll balls into 6-7 inch rounds. The dough will be thin but will puff up as it cooks.
Cook in a dry pan, no need to use oil or butter.
Flip when one side is browned.
Some of these came out thicker than others. I finally got the hang of how to roll them out thinner. The thinner flatbreads folded nicely (like a taco shell) and the thicker ones will fold too.