Recipe courtesy of Ana Sortun

Turkish Flatbread (Yufka)

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
Yufka is the traditional flatbread of Turkish cuisine, used in everything from shawarma to boreks. Chewy, soft, and blistered, these easy unleavened wraps come together in 30 minutes with just flour, water, oil, and salt—and they'll outshine anything you find in supermarkets.



  1. In a mixing bowl, add flour and salt. Use your hand to make a well in the center; pour in water and olive oil. Mix until dough forms, adding more flour if necessary, about 3 minutes. The dough will be extremely sticky and shaggy. Transfer to a clean bowl, drizzle with a little bit of oil, and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature at least 20 minutes, or up to 4 hours (or overnight in the refrigerator).
  2. When the dough has rested, it will look smooth and be very soft. Divide the dough in half, then divide each half into three equal pieces. Roll the first ball into a very thin 8- or 9-inch round, using more flour to keep the dough from sticking to the rolling pin. Heat a cast-iron skillet or nonstick pan over low heat until hot. Cook the first flatbread on one side until it starts to bubble up and lightly brown on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook the other side, about 30 seconds; the bread should stay soft and pliable. Set finished flatbread aside.
  3. Wiping out excess flour in the pan as you go, continue rolling and cooking until you have a stack of warm yufka. Serve immediately with hummus, baba ghanoush, or another dip. (Alternatively, use flatbreads for Chef Sortun's Red Lentil Wraps.) (Note: After completely cooling, flatbread can be stored in a zip-top plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To reheat, wrap in aluminum foil and place in a 250 degrees F oven for 8–10 minutes, or wrap in a damp towel and microwave for 15–30 seconds.)