This Herbed Crust Flatbread Recipe is a favorite go-to in our house. It’s something we generally pull out when either groceries are low, I didn’t really plan a meal, or when we want something on the lighter side.
I always have flour, olive oil, and yeast at home. The best thing is, you can pretty much throw anything on a flatbread, and it tastes good. It’s a great “what’s left in the fridge” option. Everyone loves a personal pizza from scratch!
It just takes about an hour or so beforehand to make the dough, so there’s time for the it to rise 9 if you are going to make the dough from scratch.). Sometimes, I’m lucky, and I have left-over frozen dough from last time (Yes, you can freeze it!), or I have dough from Trader Joe’s (They have a nice, fast , fresh dough on the fly in their refrigerated dip and meals section.)
When making this recipe, you’ll also need two bowls, one for mixing, and one for rising, a clean dish towel. For our family of 5, this recipe makes about a 8 x10 flatbread each.
To make the Herbed Flatbread crust you’ll need:
2 packets of active , dry yeast or 4 1/2 tsp
1 1/2 cups warm (skin temp) water
2 TBSP sugar mixed into warm water to proof dough
1/4 cup EVOO for dough
Approx. 1/8 cup of EVOO for bowl and baking sheet
4 cups organic flour for the dough and an extra 1 /4 cup for flouring the surface
2 1/2 tsp salt
3 TBSP blended Italian Seasoning
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl with the warm water and sugar mixture, sprinkle the yeast over the top, and let proof. If the yeast is active it will start to foam and expand, and will get that distinctive “yeasty” smell (about 5 -10 minutes) and it’s ready to use.
Once the yeast is proofed, add the salt and the oil. to the bowl.
Slowly add the 4 cups of flour, mixing, until all of the flour is incorporated. The dough should seem sticky, but not wet.
Once it’s mixed, form it into a loose ball,put it in an oiled bowl and brush oil over the top of the dough. You can cover it with plastic wrap, though I prefer a clean dishtowel. Place in a warm area to rise.
It should double in size in about an hour. Place dough on a floured surface, knead a few times, and it’s ready use!
To make our flatbread recipe with toppings, you’ll need:
Mozzarella sliced rounds
Sliced black olives
Stretch dough on a cookie sheet, or pizza stone. Oil the top of the stretched dough with EVOO, and sprinkle with garlic powder, and a little salt.
Lay Tomato slices on top of salted dough, lay the cheese slices on top of the tomatoes. Sprinkle the olive slices on top and bake at 400 degrees until the edges of the dough are light brown, the cheese is a medium brown, and the dough is cooked through (at 165 degrees.)
Let rest for about 5-10 minutes on a cutting board, and sprinkle with fresh basil.
Enjoy! Let me know what you think!
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