These homemade flatbreads are quick, easy and only require 3 main ingredients. No yeast required!
If you’re anything like me, the word ‘bread’ fills you with joy and fear at the same time. To eat? Gimme all the bread. To bake? Absolutely not. If you’ve been a reader of mine for a while you know we don’t bake around here 🤣. These flatbreads however are incredibly easy to make. No yeast, but you still get that awesome, chewy & fluffy texture. Follow me…
Yogurt Flatbread Ingredients
- Flour – Just regular plain/all purpose flour does the trick.
- Baking Powder – This helps the flatbread puff up and go nice & fluffy.
- Yogurt – Plain/Natural yogurt. Make sure it’s unsweetened and unflavoured.
- Salt – Fine grained, not sea salt.
To prepare the flatbreads it’s easy stuff right from the get go. The bulk of the dough is flour & yogurt, and you need equal weight of both.
You’re looking for the dough to be slightly tacky, but not so much it sticks to your fingers. It’s incredibly easy to adjust the flour/yogurt to alter the consistency if needed.
Process shots: whisk flour, salt, baking powder & make a well (photo 1), add yogurt (photo 2), roughly combine with spatula (photo 3), form a ball with your hands (photo 4).
When it comes to making the flatbreads I’d say kneading is necessary, but proofing is optional (since there’s no yeast). Kneading the dough for a few mins will smooth out the dough, which is necessary to help keep the bread from cracking. I also like to let it rest for 20mins or so, just to help the dough relax/rise slightly. You can skip the ‘proofing’ and the difference in outcome is minimal, but they’ll just be slightly less puffy.
How do you roll out flatbread?
All you need is a flat surface, a pinch of flour and a rolling pin! You’ll most likely need to add in flour as you rolling it out, but start off conservatively or the dough will dry out and begin to crack. Just divide the dough into 4 slice roll into circles.
Do you need oil to cook flatbreads?
Nope! I do like to very lightly brush both sides with olive oil. I find it crisps them up very slightly, but you can add them straight into a pan completely dry and they’ll come out great.
Pan Fried Flatbread
To cook the flatbreads you’ll want to pan fry them.
Personally I like my flatbreads similar to naan bread i.e. a little thick, a little chewy, nicely charred and slightly firmer than regular flatbreads. In order to achieve this you’ll want the heat fairly high. If you want more pliable, less charred flatbreads, a low/medium heat is more suitable.
In both cases it’s only a matter of minutes per side. You know you’ve made a cracking dough when you see the air bubbles forming as the flatbread cooks!
You can serve them as they are, but more often than not I like to slather mine in garlic butter. For the garlic butter you’ll need:
- Melted Butter – I usually go unsalted and add salt to taste but regular butter (or even ghee if you have it) works great.
- Garlic – Minced/grated. 1 clove will go a long way, especially because it’s raw/minced!
- Herbs (optional) – I usually go for parsley, because it’s the most ‘neutral’ kind of herb and classically goes with garlic butter (i.e. garlic bread). However rosemary works very nicely, as does coriander/cilantro.
How to store flatbread
You can store the dough in the fridge once divided and rolled out (with baking paper in between). You can also cook & cool them and store at room temp for a couple of days. Can also be frozen, just defrost at room temp or bake/fry to heat up again. In all cases though they’re best made fresh and leave off the garlic butter until serving if you’re using it!
Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these flatbreads shall we?!
How to make Flatbreads (Full Recipe & Video)
The Easiest Flatbreads in the World!
- Large Mixing bowl & Whisk
- Frying Pan & Tongs
- Rolling Pin
- Brush (for oil)
- Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
Ingredients (check list):
- 7oz / 200g / 1 packed cup Plain/All Purpose Flour
- 7oz / 200g / ~3/4cup Plain/Natural Yogurt (unsweetened)
- 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder (not baking soda!)
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 8 tsp Olive Oil
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the centre then pour in yogurt. Roughly combine with a spatula until it starts to come together, then begin forming into a ball with your hands. The texture should be very slightly tacky, but not so much it sticks to your fingers. The perfect consistency will take all the dough off the edges of the bowl.
- Dust some flour on a flat surface and knead for 4-5mins until nice and smooth/lump free, adding more flour as you go. The kneading process will dry out the dough so don't add too much or it'll throw off the consistency and cause the flatbreads to crack/come out hard.
- Loosely cover with a tea towel or cling film and leave for 20-30mins. If you're pushed for time skip this part, the flatbreads will just be slightly less puffy.
- Use a sharp knife to divide into 4, then roll into circles around 7" wide. Brush one side of each of them with olive oil (just enough to lightly coat the surface, around 1 tsp per side should suffice).
- Heat a pan over medium-high heat, and when it just about begins to smoke add in a circle of dough oil-side-down. Brush top with oil. Allow the dough to puff up and lightly char, then flip and leave to lightly char on the other side. Remove from pan and repeat (see notes for garlic butter).
Quick 1 min demo!
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