Homemade Flatbread Recipe (2024)

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Soft, fluffy Greek pita-style flatbreads (the pocketless kind).
I love loading these up to make homemade Gyros or to serve with souvlaki kebabs.
They stay soft and pliable, even when cold, so you can roll or fold them without the risk of them breaking.

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Yes these flatbreads need proving and kneading (use my yogurt flatbread recipe for super-quick flatbreads), but the extra time spent it so worth it. Why?

  • You'll get super fluffy, tender flatbreads with that perfect chewiness - thanks to the yeast and proving.
  • They have bags of flavour - again the proving time helps the flavour to develop. The flavour is further enhanced because of the cooking method.
  • They taste great hot OR cold.
  • They don't break when you fold them.
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🔪 How to make them

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. Similar to most yeasted bread recipes, we mix together yeast, water, bread flour, sugar and salt. We're also adding some olive oil to the mixture for extra flavour and tenderness.
  2. Once they're mixed, we knead the dough for about 10 minutes, then leave to prove until doubled in size.
  3. Then we split the dough into 12 pieces, roll each into a ball, and roll out in a flat disk.
  4. Each flatbread is cooked in a hot, lightly oiled frying pan, until fluffy and golden.
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👩‍🍳PRO TIP These breads are cooked one at a time, but you can keep them warm by stacking them on warm plate under a clean tea towel, or placing on a tray (cover it with foil) and place on a very low oven.

🍽️ What to these Greek Pitas with

  • Easy Chicken Gyros
  • How to make Tzatziki
  • Chicken Souvlaki with Homemade Tzatziki
  • Chicken Shawarma
  • Greek Lamb Souvlaki Kebabs
  • Crispy Pork Gyros

Just look at how deliciously fluffy they are inside!

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Homemade Flatbread Recipe

By: Nicky Corbishley

Soft, fluffy Greek Pita style flatbreads that are foldable, even when cold. Perfect for homemade Gyros or to serve with souvlaki kebabs.

4.96 from 22 votes

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Prep Time 30 minutes mins

Cook Time 25 minutes mins

Proving time 1 hour hr

Total Time 1 hour hr 55 minutes mins

Ingredients

  • 7 g (2 tsp) instant dry yeast
  • 480 ml (2 cups) warm water
  • 4 tbsp olive oil - plus extra for brushing (approx 2-3 tbsp)
  • 780 g (6 ½) cups strong bread flour - plus extra for rolling (approx 60g or ½ cup)
  • 1 ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp table salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Place the yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl) and add the warm water. Stir together and leave for 5 minutes, until foam appears on top of the water.

    7 g (2 tsp) instant dry yeast, 480 ml (2 cups) warm water

  • Add the olive oil, flour, sugar, and salt to the yeast mixture.

    4 tbsp olive oil, 780 g (6 ½) cups strong bread flour, 1 ½ tsp sugar, 1 ½ tsp table salt

  • Mix the dough together using either using a stand mixer with a dough hook (recommended) or your hands, until combined.

  • Once combined, knead the dough for 10 minutes using the stand mixer with a dough hook or by hand. The mixture will be quite sticky, so if you’re kneading by hand, it’s a good idea to coat your hands and work surface in a little olive oil to stop it sticking.

  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth or clingfilm and allow to prove for 60-90 minutes, until doubled in size.

  • Divide the dough into 12 pieces. Shape into balls and place on a tray or board with a damp cloth over the top to rest for a few minutes, while you prepare to start cooking them.

  • Lightly flour the work surface.

  • Brush or spray a medium-sized frying pan (cast iron gives you the best results) with a little oil (just ¼ tsp or so) and place over a medium-high heat to heat up.

  • Take one of the dough balls, and roll it into a circle, about 19cm (7.5 inches) in diameter and ½ cm (just under ¼ inch) thick.

  • Toss the pita back and forth a couple of times in your hands to remove excess flour, then place the pita in the pan.

  • Brush the top of the pita in the pan lightly with oil and cook for about 60-90 seconds, until bubbles start to appear. Then turn over a cook for a further minute.

  • Place on a plate and repeat, brushing the pan with oil after every 3 or 4 pitas.

  • Stack the pitas up on a plate (stacking them helps to keep them soft), laying a tea towel over them to keep warm until you’re ready to serve.

✎ Notes

Make Ahead

To make ahead, make the pitas, cool them and place on a plate. Cover with foil or clingfilm. They should keep at room temperature for 2 days, or in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Freezing

If freezing, place in a freezer bag with a piece of baking parchment between each pita (to stop them sticking together). Defrost at room temperate before serving.

Reheating:

The flatbreads can be served at room temperature, or if you want to warm them through, sprinkle with a little water and place in the oven at 180C (350F), on a baking tray (uncovered), in a single layer for 2-3 minutes.

Nutritional information is approximate and is per flatbread.

Nutrition

Calories: 284kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 8gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 876mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg

Keywords bread, gyro, pita

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  1. Marnie says

    Homemade Flatbread Recipe (27)
    This was PERFECT! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  2. Flynf says

    Homemade Flatbread Recipe (28)
    I followed the instructions exactly, but noticed the dough wasn't sticky like the description mentioned. I couldn't shape it into a ball to rise because it wouldn't stick together. I made another batch with 6 cups flour and 2 1/4 cups water instead and it was much better, yet still not really sticky. That modified batch turned out perfectly. I still cooked up the original batch and it was much more dense, harder to eork with, and barely bubbled up. Both turned out enough in the end, but the original had too much flour. That's probably the problem converting something from weight. Some people pack flour in, others spoon or sift it in and it affects the conversion....

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  3. Elizabeth Hungerford-Morgan says

    Homemade Flatbread Recipe (29)
    Deliciously simple, just perfect. Thank you x

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  4. Lily says

    Homemade Flatbread Recipe (30)
    This is the recipe I have been looking for! These are soft, chewy, and delicious!
    I made only two tweaks - upped the salt to 2 tsp, and added 1 tablespoon of vital wheat gluten. The dough was so velvety and lovely! I portioned the dough into 100g balls, and they rolled out to be the perfect size for my 12” cast iron.
    The breads also didn’t dry out! We finished them three days after making. They soften beautifully with 10 seconds in the microwave. I will be keeping this recipe forever!

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  5. Byron M. says

    Homemade Flatbread Recipe (31)
    This was great! So FYI when you're 99% sure you have bread flour in the pantry but you're 100% wrong, this recipe works with AP flour too! I can't say how much better it would be if I did it right but it was good. All of the gluten, and I'd imagine more with the higher protein flour. I didn't roll it out, just grabbed a chunk and stretched it until it was flat-ish and threw it in the cast iron skillet with olive oil. This was my first attempt at a fried bread and it's crazy simple and forgiving. Will totally make this many more times, thanks!

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  6. Megan says

    Homemade Flatbread Recipe (32)
    I made these tonight! They are amazing! I would 10/10 make these and recommend this recipe to anyone!!! Quick and easy and delicious!

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  7. Angie says

    Homemade Flatbread Recipe (33)
    For the first time ever I made these and they worked! So happy, soft and doughy. Delicious, the dough multiplied in size and produced squidgy lively flat breads, thankyou for this recipe. Amazing

    Reply

  8. Gooeycrunch says

    Homemade Flatbread Recipe (34)
    Perfect flatbreads. First time I’ve ever made them. Followed the instructions and they came out perfectly. Thank you.

    Reply

  9. Sarah says

    Homemade Flatbread Recipe (35)
    These are awesome.

    I am making these for a party and was wondering if anyone knew If I could make them, roll them out and then freeze them. And then thaw the day before the party and cook them?

    Thank you!

    Reply

  10. Clo says

    Homemade Flatbread Recipe (36)
    Incredibly easy recipe and does not disappoint, will 100% be making these again soon!

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  11. MaryChar says

    Homemade Flatbread Recipe (37)
    Light,fluffy and delicious! Sprinkled za’atar over olive oil before cooking and was AMAAAAZING! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!! Most definitely on top of list!!

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  12. Lauren says

    Homemade Flatbread Recipe (38)
    Bravo! Thanks for the recipe. They were really simple and absolutely delicious.

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