We love bread in the Scrap House. Especially Miss T. Our local bakery makes some great loaves that we can pick up in our calico bread bag to avoid the plastic wrap but they don’t sell flatbread.
Flatbread is great for wraps, as a pizza base, to accompany curries, chilli and the like or as Miss T prefers them…warm and soft straight from the pan.
You can get all fancy with them adding herbs, Cheese, spices etc but your basic flatbread only takes two ingredients – flour and water, plus a little oil for frying.
Miss T‘s Flatbread
(Makes 2 large or 4 medium/small flatbread. To make more just double or triple quantities)
1 cup Plain Flour
1/3 cup water
Olive oil (or your preferred oil) for frying.
Mix the flour and water into a pliable dough, kneading until smooth. Set aside in a covered bowl on the bench to rest for approximately 30mins.
Divide the dough into 4 (small/medium sized flatbread) or 2 (for large flatbread) and roll out thin on a floured board. A round shape is good because it will fit in the frypan nicely but it doesn’t really matter what shape they come out.
Heat about a tablespoon of oil in a frying over a high heat and fry off the flatbread for about a minute each side until it puffs up a little and begins to look a bit golden in colour.
Serve immediately or once cool pop them in an airtight container to use later ( They last few days). They freeze well too. I pop them in the freezer with a layer of paper between them so I can just grab one off the top as needed.
Variations: Replace the water with plain yoghurt. This is great for pizza bases.
If you’re going to store them a while add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the dough.
Flatbread that is starting to dry out can be cut into shapes, sprinkled with a little oil and seasoning of your choice and crisped in a slow oven to make “chips”. Great as a snack on they’re own or with dip.
We use plain wheat flour or wholemeal flour, but you can use any flour you like. Some flours may require more or less liquid so add water slowly until you get a soft pliable (but not sticky) dough.