Soft, Chewy Homemade Flatbread With Wholewheat Flour
Flatbread is delicious for eating on its own as well as topping and enjoying as pizza. While most bakeries sell it, you may have trouble finding a whole wheat variety, which is preferable if you are trying to get a little more fiber in your diet or if you prefer a "nuttier" flavor. Luckily, baking flatbread at home is not terribly difficult, especially if you have made other yeast breads before. Here's a recipe to get you started.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 package active, dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water and yeast. With the beater attachment, stir gently to moisten the yeast, and then let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes or until the yeast is fully dissolved. Then, gently stir the salt into the all-purpose flour, and add this mixture to the bowl, along with the salt.
Turn the mixer on low, and mix for about 1 minute or until a soft, pliable dough forms. Then, change the mixer attachment over to the dough hook. Turn the mixer back on low, and begin adding the whole wheat flour, a little at a time. Keep adding flour until the dough stiffens, no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl, and forms a tight ball. Then, let the mixer run for an additional 5 minutes.
Transfer the dough ball to an oiled bowl. Cover it, and let it rise in a warm place for about 2 hours. (Placing it in front of a heat vent works well in the winter.)
Punch the dough down the remove the extra air. Then, divide it into 12 pieces. Roll each piece flat, using a rolling pin, aiming to create flatbreads that are about 8 by 6 inches.
Heat a grill pan on the stove, and brush it with just a little oil. One at a time, place the flatbreads on the grill pan. Grill for about 2 minutes per side. The bread is ready to flip when you see bubbles starting to form in the dough.
Let the flatbreads cool on wire racks. Eat them immediately, or top them with your desired toppings to make a pizza-like dish. The extras store well in a sealed plastic bag.
For more recipes and ideas for flatbread, contact a professional bakery or baking company in your area, such as Klosterman Baking Company.