Yogurt Skillet Flatbread [recipe]

yogurt skillet flatbread cooking

No yeast. No special equipment. You don’t even need an oven. It’s the perfect “bread” for someone who doesn’t bake bread.

The cooked flatbreads are great cut or torn into wedges to eat with dips, or used whole and topped with any number of spreads and toppings.

You can also use the uncooked dough as an easy stand-in for pizza dough and make a “skillet pizza,” with the understanding that it is definitely different in taste and texture from a regular yeast raised pizza dough.

Yogurt Skillet Flatbread recipe first, Notes and Shopping Resources follow, not that you will need to shop for anything because you probably have the four ingredients.

Yogurt Skillet Flatbread [recipe]

makes two 8-inch flatbreads, can, and probably should, be doubled

INGREDIENTS

1 cup all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup full-fat plain (strained) Greek yogurt
water as needed

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add yogurt and gently toss everything together with a spoon (or even your hands) until a ball comes together in the middle of the bowl. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time if the dough is too dry. The dough should be just sticky enough to stick but pull away from your hands, but not so sticky that it actually sticks and doesn’t come off.

Transfer the dough and as much of the bits from the bowl to a floured work surface and knead until the dough comes together into a sticky, lumpy ball. Divide the dough into two roughly equal pieces. Cover the dough loosely with plastic wrap or an overturned bowl and let rest for 20-30 minutes.

Lightly flour a clean work surface. Take one dough ball and using whatever rolling pin, wine bottle, or tall glass (I used a pint glass here) gently roll the ball out into an 8-inch diameter round, or about as close to round as you can get it. 

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. (You can heat the skillet while you roll out your first ball of dough.) Carefully pick up the rolled out dough from your work surface with your hands and lay it down in a single layer in the skillet. 

Cook the flatbread until bubbles form on the top and the underside has deep golden brown spots, about five minutes. Flip the flatbread over and cook until you see the same deep dark spots. At this point, you can use tongs as the flatbread will have become more sturdy. Remove flatbread to a plate, cover with a clean towel to keep warm. Wipe out the cast iron skillet with a damp paper towel.

Continue rolling and cooking the second flatbread in the same way.

Yogurt Skillet Flatbreads will keep in the refrigerator tightly sealed for a couple of days. Re-heat both sides in a hot skillet for a few minutes.

yogurt skillet flatbread dough rolled out

NOTES and SHOPPING RESOURCES

  • FLOUR.  I use Bob’s Red Mill organic all-purpose white flour. These flatbreads are pretty forgiving with respect to bread so go ahead use whole wheat flour, cake flour, whatever you have. I doubt you have cake flour if you’re not a baker and are making these flatbreads though.
  • YOGURT. Depending on the brand, the “type” (regular, Greek, icelandic) and the fat percentage of your yogurt, your dough may be stickier or drier. Always err on the side of sticky, which is harder to roll out, but will result in a less tough flatbread. 
  • KOSHER SALT. I use Diamond Crystal brand, which is in the burgundy red box.
  • OLIVE OIL. The olive oil here is more for consistency and texture, not for flavor, so use an everyday olive oil like California Olive Ranch.

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