I don’t know about you, but bread gives me life. I feel like it completes a meal, yet can also become a meal all on its own. And for someone who struggles a wee bit with her relationship with food, sometimes I just need something that I know I will enjoy as a part of my meals.
Recently, my husband and I watched the documentary Cooked on Netflix. If you haven’t watched it yet, stop everything and go watch it! Seriously, it’s that good. My husband absolutely loves cooking and so we watch a lot of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, cooking documentaries, and more!
Back to Cooked….
So they have an episode called “Air” and it is all about bread. It is absolutely heavenly to watch. But it also inspired our journey to making our own bread. Let me tell you, it has been quite lovely having all this lovely bread to eat. Sometimes our recipes turn out amazing, other times, not so much. But it is completely worth it!!
Yesterday, I was really craving some classic flatbread. So, I did a quick google search of homemade flatbread, pita, and naan, then I completely ignored the recipes and just took the general idea of what they had (this is why our recipes sometimes don’t work…. I hate following instructions).
This beautiful bread ended up as a combination of the three, though I would say taste-wise, it is closest to a flatbread. However, I say fuck labels… So call it whatever you want, I am just going to call it amazing!! I seriously can’t stop eating it. It is definitely going to become a regular in our kitchen!!
Now, that I have officially bored you… Let’s get to that recipe!
- 2 cups of water (quite warm to the touch, more on this in the notes)
- 2 TB Active Dry yeast (or 2 packets)
- 2 TB sugar
- 3-4 cups of all-purpose flour
- Pour the very warm water into a bowl (If you have a stand mixer, just pour it into the mixer bowl)
- Add the yeast and sugar to the water and give it a small mix. (like literally one stir)
- Let sit for about 5 minutes. You know it has activated when it gets all bubbly.
- Add a pinch or two of salt to your yeast mixture.
- Add 1-2 tsp of oregano, basil, and thyme (you can basically do any seasoning you like. Rosemary and garlic salt is really good too).
- Stir seasoning into the yeast mixture.
- Begin adding the flour 1/2 cup at a time. Stir between each 1/2 cup. (if you are using a stand mixer, use the regular mixing attachment first. I never go above speed 1 with bread. I find slow and steady works best.)
- When it gets too hard to stir switch to your hands. Yes, it will be a bit messy. (stand mixer | switch to the kneading attachment)
- Continue adding by 1/4-1/2 cups til it starts to form a ball of dough. At this point it will be a bit sticky, but not wet. (stand mixer | It will form a ball around the attachment, but still be sticky)
- At this point you should have a kind of sticky ball of dough.
- Place about a TB of flour on a clean counter, table, or cutting board that you can knead on.
- Remove your dough from your bowl and place it on floured surface (Stand mixer | Even you. I find the stand mixer doesn't knead evenly. So I will do it by hand by this point).
- Measure out about 1/2 cup of flour and place next to your working space.
- Grab a pinch of flour from your cup and sprinkle it over your dough.
- Begin kneading.
- Continue sprinkling flour over your dough until it forms a ball and is slightly tacky, but doesn't stick to your fingers anymore.
- Lightly oil a large clean bowl
- Place your ball of dough into the bowl, turn it to coat the ball of dough with oil.
- Cover and place in a warm spot (I use plastic wrap, but a towel works well too.)
- Allow to rise between 45 min. to an hour. It will at least double in size. (When the dough reaches your cover, remove it or the dough will stick to it)
- Once the dough has risen to at least double its size, you can begin forming the flatbread
- With a knife or your hands, separate the ball of dough into about 6 small balls. If you need to use a bit of flour, that's fine.
- Cover your surface with flour
- Take one ball of dough and begin flattening it with your hands (yes, you can use a rolling pin... but what fun is that! your hands give it character.)
- as you flatten it, pick it up and turn it over.
- Stretch the dough into the shape you are wanting and about 1/4 inch thick, ish.
- Flour a plate and add the flatbread onto the plate, lightly cover the top with flour so that they don't stick to each other.
- Repeat with the remaining dough. check periodically that they aren't sticking. If they are add more flour between each flatbread
- Heat a pan on the stove top at about medium heat (If you have a flat plan, that is easiest, but as long as it is bigger than the flatbread that's fine.
- Now, place the flatbread onto the pan. (I didn't have any trouble with sticking because of the flour, but if you do you can lightly coat your pan with oil)
- Heat each side about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes each.
- Cook each flatbread
- Enjoy with melted butter!
- About the water temperature... You want it to be around 110*F, but if you don't have a way to check the temp. You just want it to be really warm to touch, but if it's hot, that will kill the yeast. I usually just run the warm water til it's hot, then I turn on the cold a little bit, then I fill it about 3/4 way. If it's too hot, add just cold water, if it's closer to lukewarm, add only hot water. Message me if you have any questions!