Flatbread really stacks up

  • Article by: KIM ODE
  • Updated: June 21, 2012 - 9:01 AM

Flatbreads offer a tasty landing place for sandwich fillings or whatever seems savory and scoopable on a summer evening.

view larger photos

  

Form, meet function.

Not only that, but an especially tasty function. These soft discs of sesame-flecked flatbread can cradle a sandwich's worth of chicken salad or the fixings for fish tacos, be torn into scoops for hummus, or employed as especially smart "platters" on camping trips, where a swiped-clean plate always is welcomed by the designated dish-washer.

Puffed flatbreads bake in about three minutes on a heavy pancake griddle, making them a perfect "get 'em while they're warm" bread, whether at a campsite, over the back-yard grill, or in the bug-free comfort of your kitchen. No griddle? They bake just as well in a hot oven.

These flatbreads resemble tortillas or chapatis, but are more tender, thanks to a yeast-risen dough that includes a bit of yogurt, preferably Greek-style, which also lends a slightly tangy flavor. A scattering of sesame seeds adds a nutty note and a subtle crunch.

The straightforward dough is made by hand or with a mixer, then left to rise for about 45 minutes. Roll the risen dough into 8-inch rounds -- a water bottle works well in the wilderness -- sprinkle with seeds, then gently lay each disc on the griddle. Within 30 seconds, little bubbles will begin to rise across the surface. Wait a minute longer, flip, then give the bread a final minute.

The flatbreads are best used immediately, but you might save one to fill with the next morning's scrambled eggs. No plate required.

  • related content

  • Recipe: Baked Puffed Flatbread

    Wednesday June 20, 2012

    BAKED PUFFED FLATBREADMakes 8 flatbreads.Note: Adapted from "Baking With the St. Paul Bread Club: Recipes, Tips and Stories," from a...

  • Flatbreads

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Which top 2014 restaurant do you most want to try?

Weekly Question
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close