Skillet Flatbread

A versatile and pantry-friendly flatbread that is easy to make.

With the weather as unpredictable as it is, you need a fall back if the inevitable happens…you run out of bread! This was me on Monday (26 January 2015); you now during the blizzard that skipped over some of us. Either way, better safe than sorry. The possibilities are endless with this flatbread.

Skillet Flatbread - Flatbread 4

Skillet Flatbread

  • Begin by combing the yeast and warm water in a bowl. I’m using my Kitchen-Aid Mixer with the dough hook for this but feel free to use a large bowl and wooden spoon – it is soft dough so not a lot of force is needed! Allow the yeast to activate for 1-2 minutes. I usually use Red Star when baking – it is gluten-free if you are wondering.

Skillet Flatbread - Add Yeast

  • Add the honey, dark brown sugar, salt, and black pepper to the bowl and mix well.

Skillet Flatbread - Mix Dry Ingredients

  • Stir in the flour gradually, about ½ cup at a time, into the mixing bowl. If you are hand-mixing fold the flour into the center of the bowl for this step. If you are using a stand mixer, set it to low and be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.Skillet Flatbread - Mix Dough 1Skillet Flatbread - Mix Dough 3Skillet Flatbread - Mix Dough 3
  • Once the dough is mixed, it will be soft and a bit glossy (wet). Now it is time to knead. Give your working surface a light dusting of flour.

Skillet Flatbread - Hi Dough

  • Place the dough on the surface and knead for 4-5 minutes until it is soft.Skillet Flatbread - Dough DropSkillet Flatbread - Knead Dough
  • Lightly coat your bowl with olive oil.

Skillet Flatbread - Oil Bowl

  • Divide the dough into two pieces and form into a ball. Feel free to divide the dough down even more if you would like flatter flatbread or you just want more because yum!

Skillet Flatbread - Cut Dough

  • Place the pieces of dough into the bowl. Cover and allow dough to rise in a warm area for 30-45 minutes.Skillet Flatbread - Rest DoughSkillet Flatbread - Dough Rise
  • On a lightly floured surface, remove one piece of dough at a time; fold the dough into its center before proceeding to roll it out. I rolled my dough out to about 8 inches and ½ inch thick. Roll the dough into rounds – or your desired shape.Skillet Flatbread - Roll DoughSkillet Flatbread - Shape Dough
  • Heat up olive oil in a skillet to medium heat. It is vital your skillet isn’t too hot or too low in heat – be sure to keep an eye on the temperature. Cook each side of the flatbread for 3-4 minutes.Skillet Flatbread - Heat SkilletSkillet Flatbread - Cook Flatbread
  • You’ll know when to flip it from the first side when it bubbles up. Use tongs or a spatula to flip them over carefully.

Skillet Flatbread - Puffy Flatbread

  • Remove the cooked flatbread and repeat with the other piece of dough.

Skillet Flatbread - Flatbread 1

The flatbread is best served warm but it definitely holds up well and will remain soft!

Just look at that pocket.

Skillet Flatbread - Flatbread Pocket

This flatbread is perfect for dipping, scooping, filling, stuffing, wrapping, and more – I’m sure you get the idea by now. In my case, I made flatbread pizzas*.

Skillet Flatbread - Pizzas

 

*See tips below for more information.

Tips:

  • You can also use a griddle to cook multiple pieces of flatbread at once.
  • After trying this base recipe, try adding your favorite spices to infuse more flavor into the bread. Below shows a variation that includes a blend of herbs.Skillet Flatbread - Herbed Dough
  • When making pizza or placing toppings to bake the flatbread, you will want to cut down the cook time to 2 minutes per side until they are lightly browned -so the dough doesn’t overcook and become too dry when baking.

Skillet Flatbread Recipe

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 2 - 8" Flatbreads

Skillet Flatbread Recipe

A versatile and pantry-friendly flatbread that is easy to make.

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour + additional for dusting
1 packet active dry yeast
1 tsp dark brown sugar
¾ cup warm water
1 tsp honey
Kosher salt, to taste
Cracked black pepper, to taste
Olive oil

Instructions

Combine yeast and warm water in a bowl. Allow the yeast to activate for 1-2 minutes. Add the honey, dark brown sugar, salt, and black pepper to the bowl and mix well.

Stir in the flour gradually, about ½ cup at a time, into the mixing bowl.

Dust your work surface lightly with flour. Place the dough onto the surface and knead for 4-5 minutes until soft.

Lightly coat a bowl with olive oil. Divide the dough into two pieces and form into a ball. Place the pieces of dough into the bowl. Cover and allow dough to rise in a warm area for 30-45 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface, remove one piece of dough at a time; fold the dough into its center before proceeding to roll it out. Roll the dough into rounds – or desired shape.

Heat olive oil in a skillet to medium heat. Cook each side of the flatbread for 3-4 minutes. Remove the cooked flatbread and repeat with the other piece of dough.

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