Recipe courtesy of Ali Clarke

Yogurt Flatbread

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Flatbreads are great to have on hand because they are so versatile. They can be made into sandwiches, cut into smaller pieces to serve with hummus or spreads or even made into breakfast wraps. This dough is really simple to put together and can be prepped in a couple of ways. You can make the dough and either freeze it until you are ready to cook the flatbreads or cook the flatbreads right away and then freeze them. Either way, you are set up to have flatbreads whenever you want. Since I’m meal prepping these flatbreads, I like to keep the flavors really neutral, but you can absolutely customize this recipe by adding spices to the dough or brushing the flatbreads with an herb-garlic butter or sprinkling with za’atar after removing them from the pan.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 40 min (includes rising time)
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 12 flatbreads
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Whisk 3 tablespoons warm water (100 to 110 degrees F; see Cook's Note) with the honey in a small bowl until dissolved. Stir in the yeast and let sit until it begins to bubble, about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the flour and salt in a separate bowl. Make a well in the center and add the yogurt and 2/3 cup warm water. Stir the water and yogurt together in the well, then stir in the yeast mixture. Using a rubber spatula, fold the mixture together until it forms a rough ball of dough; the dough will have a shaggy texture. Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour and knead the dough until it becomes smooth, 3 to 5 minutes. If the dough begins to stick to your hands, lightly flour them and continue to knead. Add the dough back to the bowl, cover with a clean towel and allow to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.  
  3. Punch down the dough. At this point, you can proceed with baking below, or you can freeze the dough. To freeze, place the dough in a resealable freezer bag, squeeze out excess air and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost the dough in the refrigerator the night before you want to make the flatbreads.  
  4. To cook the flatbreads, lightly dust a clean work surface with flour. Divide the dough into 12 pieces, about 2 ounces each. Roll each piece of dough into a ball, then flatten into a circle with your palm. Roll each dough circle into a roughly 6- to 7-inch round, but don’t worry if the flatbread takes on another shape, as long as it is approximately 1/4 inch thick. If the dough begins to stick to the rolling pin or board, just dust with more flour.  
  5. Heat a 10-inch or larger cast-iron pan or grill pan over medium-high heat. Lightly grease with vegetable oil. When the pan just begins to smoke, reduce the heat to medium and add 1 to 2 flatbreads or whatever fits in the pan without any overlap. Cook until bubbles appear on the top of the dough and the bottom is cooked and deep brown in spots, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and cook until completely cooked through, another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to a baking sheet to cool and repeat with the remaining flatbreads. If the pan gets too hot, just remove from the heat to let cool slightly, then wipe out the pan, grease with a little more oil and resume cooking the flatbreads.  
  6. When all the flatbreads are cooked, let cool completely. Eat immediately or wrap in a clean towel and store at room temperature for 1 day. To freeze: To ensure fresh, warm flatbreads every time, stack the flatbreads with a piece of parchment between each (see Cook's Note) and then place in a resealable freezer bag. Push out the excess air and freeze for up to about 2 months.  
  7. To reheat, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Remove the desired number of flatbreads from the freezer and place on a baking sheet in a flat layer. Bake from frozen until the flatbreads are warmed through and soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Alternatively, you can toast the flatbreads from frozen in a toaster oven for about 3 minutes on the toaster setting.

Cook’s Note

To make sure your water temperature is correct when working with yeast, without having to use a thermometer, put your finger under the running water. If the water temperature feels totally neutral, not warm or cold, then it is matching your body temperature, about 98 degrees F. When the water feels just slightly warm to the touch, then it is the perfect temperature for yeast, 100 to 110 degrees F. Putting parchment paper between each flatbread when freezing allows you to remove the number you want without having to defrost the whole bag.

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