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Quick Garlic and Herb Flatbread

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This Quick Garlic & Herb Flatbread is made in 30 minutes with an easy one bowl method. Seasoned with garlic and dried Italian herbs, serve this flatbread with curries, stews, soups, and more. 

Homemade Pan Fried Flat Bread with Garlic and Dried Herbs

Under 10 ingredients, smothered in extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and Italian herbs, scrumptious! This simple flatbread recipe can be whipped up whilst your dinner is cooking away on the stove, it’s that quick!

With only 10 minutes of resting time, you won’t need any other flatbread recipe again. 

Having a great flatbread recipe is a must when you’re making hearty dishes for dinner. I think you’ll love this flatbread served alongside my Creamy Vegetable Casserole.

🍞 Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • 5 Ingredients makes this an easy and quick flatbread recipe that you can whip up before dinner. 
  • Instant dried yeast doesn’t need to be activated in warm water before adding it to the recipe. Just mix in with the dry ingredients, simple!
  • Garlic powder is a convenient way to enjoy garlic instead of taking extra steps to use fresh garlic. Be sure to use a quality garlic powder. 

📋 Ingredient Notes

Overhead of ingredients need to make this flatbread

Instant Dried Yeast: is used as it can be added directly into dry ingredients. Unlike active dried yeast which needs rehydrating beforehand. 

Warm Water: Using warm water activates the yeast. The temperature should be between 40ºC – 46ºC (105ºF – 115ºF). 

Garlic Powder: I like to use garlic powder as a quick and convenient option for fresh garlic. If you would like to use fresh garlic, I suggest mincing 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic, sprinkling it over your already pan-fried flatbread at the same time as you brush over the olive oil and dried herbs. Then heat up the grill/broil (heat source coming from above not below) and place your flatbreads under for 20-30 seconds until lightly golden and the minced garlic is heated through. Alternatively, place in a warm oven until garlic has cooked through. 

🥣 Step By Step Instructions

(1) In a large mixing bowl, add flour and whisk through yeast and salt.

(2) Pour in warm water and olive oil. Gently mix the flour into the liquid until it forms a soft dough. 

Process shot of flour mixture and then adding in the liquids

(3) On a lightly floured surface, turn out dough and knead lightly until it’s is smooth all over. Form into a smooth ball and cover with a clean tea towel. Allow to rest for 10 minutes. 

Dough before and after kneading it

(4) Divide dough into four quarters.

Rolling out a piece of dough

(5) Roll out one piece of to a 15cm – 20cm rounds thats 3mm-4mm in thickness.

Rolled out dough and measuring the length

(6) Place one round into the cast iron pan and cook for 1 minute – 1 minutes 30 seconds, until air bubbles begin to appear under the dough. Carefully flip over and cook for a further 30-40 seconds until golden and cooked through. 

Frying the dough in the pan

(7) Remove from pan and whilst still warm, brush over a layer of olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder and dried herbs. 

(8) Serve and enjoy!

Brushing olive oil on cooked flat bread and seasoning with garlic and dried herbs

🍛 Serving Suggestions

Homemade curry or stew such as this Chickpea & Black Bean Spinach Spiced Stew. It’s a great dish to serve with this garlic flatbread, slopping all of that spicy delicious sauce up!

Savory pie and casseroles such as this hearty Vegetarian Shepherds Pie is the perfect companion for this flatbread. It’s warming, satisfying, and especially enjoyable during the colder months. 

Pasta/spaghetti is served with bread all the time so why not make a batch of this flatbread for your next pasta night? Try it with my Easy Veggie Tomato Lasagna.

Soups that you serve as your main dish need bread, right? Try it out paired with this homemade Vegetable Soup.

Cooked flatbread topped with olive oil, garlic and herbs

💭 Tips

  • The warm water needs to be between the temperatures of 40ºC – 46ºC (105ºF – 115ºF) to successfully activate the yeast. 
  • Keep the other dough pieces covered with the tea towel as you’re rolling out one round. This will prevent the other dough pieces from drying out before you roll them. 
  • Keep a watchful eye on your bread in the pan and once bubbles appear under the surface, flip it over to prevent burning and continue to cook it on the other side. 
  • If you’re making the bread a few hours ahead of time you can cook and add the toppings then warm them back up in a moderate oven before serving.
  • Store leftover flatbread in an airtight container or wrapped in foil, refrigerated, for 2-3 days. Warm back up in the oven to serve. 

💬 FAQ’s

Can this flatbread be made gluten free?

Yes! I recommend using a quality gluten free plain all purpose flour blend. Ideally one with added xanthan gum or guar gum, that will help add structure to the bread. 

Can I replace the flour with wholemeal flour? 

You sure can. The dough and finished bread will be denser than if you were to use the regular flour. If the dough needs more warm water when you’re forming it, add a little at a time until it comes together in a soft dough. 

Can I use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder?

If you would like to use fresh garlic, I suggest mincing 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic, sprinkling it over your already pan fried flatbread at the same time as you brush over the olive oil and dried herbs. Then heat up the grill/broil (heat source coming from above not below) and place your flatbreads under for 20-30 seconds until lightly golden and the minced garlic is heated through. Alternatively, place in a warm oven until garlic has cooked through. 

Can I add different toppings instead of garlic and herbs?

Sure thing! You can add different toppings in addition to the garlic and herbs or replace them. Get creative with other dried spices such as curry powder, ground cumin, or paprika. Use other dried or fresh herbs such as oregano, basil, or parsley. You can also add various cooked vegetables or meat to top your bread such as this tasty Grilled Zucchini & Whipped Feta Flat Bread

Homemade Pan Fried Flat Bread with Garlic and Dried Herbs

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Quick Garlic and Herb Flatbread Recipe

Samantha Pickthall
This Quick Garlic & Herb Flatbread is made in 30 minutes with an easy one bowl method. Seasoned with garlic and dried Italian herbs, serve this flatbread with curries, stews, soups, and more. 
4.28 from 18 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Servings 4 flatbreads
Calories 272 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Bread

  • 1 1/4 cups plain all purpose flour scoop & leveled
  • 1 tsp instant dried yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water between 40ºC – 46ºC (105ºF – 115ºF) 
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

Topping

  • 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil extra if needed   
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder extra if needed   
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs extra if needed   

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, add flour. Whisk through yeast and salt. Make a well in the middle.
  • Pour in warm water and olive oil. Using a wooden spoon, gently mix the flour into the liquid. Mixing until a soft dough forms. You may want to use your hands for this step!
  • On a lightly floured surface, turn out dough and knead lightly until the dough is smooth all over, approx. 15-20 seconds of light kneading. 
  • Form dough into a smooth ball on floured surface and cover with a clean tea towel. Allow to rest for 10 minutes. 
  • In a small cast iron skillet or fry pan, drizzle enough olive oil to create a light coating on the base and sides of the pan. Begin to warm pan over a low heat whilst you roll your dough out.
  • Divide dough into four quarters. 
  • Take one quarter and cover the remaining with the tea towel. 
  • Lightly dust a rolling pin with flour. Roll out the piece of dough to a 15cm-20cm round that is 3mm-4mm in thickness.
  • Increase heat of pan to medium-high. Once hot, place dough round into pan and cook for 1 minute and 30 seconds – 2 minutes until air bubbles begin to appear under the surface of the dough. 
  • Carefully flip over and cook for a further 30-40 seconds until nicely golden and cooked through. 
  • Remove from pan and whilst still warm, brush over a layer of olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder and dried herbs to desired amount. Set aside. NOTE: Keep the completed flatbreads warm in a pre-heated oven while you make the remaining breads if desired.  
  • Repeat this method with the three remaining dough pieces.  
  • Serve and enjoy alone or paired with curry, stew, pasta, or soup! 

Video

Notes

The warm water needs to be between the temperatures of 40ºC – 46ºC (105ºF – 115ºF) to successfully activate the yeast. 
Keep the other dough pieces covered with the tea towel as you’re rolling out one round. This will prevent the other dough pieces from drying out before you roll them. 
Keep a watchful eye on your bread in the pan and once bubbles appear under the surface, flip it over to prevent burning and continue to cook it on the other side. 
If you’re making the bread a few hours ahead of time you can cook and add the toppings then warm them back up in a moderate oven before serving.
Store leftover flatbread in an airtight container or wrapped in foil, refrigerated, for 2-3 days. Warm back up in the oven to serve. 

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 6gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gSodium: 296mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 38IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 3mg
Tried this recipe? Let us know how it was!

14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    a very good, very easy, fast recipe – love the smoky flavour which is somewhat close to real pitta bread
    thank you very much – they’re great

    1. Hi Mik, I’m thrilled to hear you enjoyed the recipe and appreciated the smoky flavor that brings it close to traditional pitta bread! It’s always wonderful to find recipes that are not only easy and quick to make but also deliver on taste. Thank you so much for your feedback. Happy cooking! Kindest, Sam 🙂

  2. 4 stars
    This is a wonderful recipe. Just made this for dinner. Even tho I would double the measurements for a family of 4. In the end I brushed it with butter and minced fresh garlic. You cannot beat fresh garlic if you want garlic bread!

    1. Hi Rebeka! Thank you so much for trying the recipe and for sharing your feedback! Doubling the measurements for a larger family is a great tip and I wholeheartedly agree, fresh garlic on bread is unbeatable. Your butter and garlic finish sounds absolutely divine. Thanks for the wonderful suggestion; I’m sure other readers will appreciate it too. Kindest, Samantha x

  3. Delicious and so easy. My children just declared it the best garlic bread they’ve ever had and I agree, will definitely make it again!

    1. Hi Sandra! So nice to hear that, glad you and your family enjoyed this recipe, it’s my go-to garlic flatbread recipe too! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.

    1. Hi Ashok! That’s so good to hear, happy that your family also enjoyed the bread and i’m sure your friends will also! It’s one of my favourite recipes. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Hi Theresa, apologies for my delayed response. Yes, you can most definitely use gluten free flour in this recipe. I’ve used it before and works wonderfully 🙂

    1. Hi Lee! Apologies for the late response to your question. I haven’t tried this flat bread in a pizza oven however I cook pizzas in my pizza oven and I think this flat bread would work fantastic in a pizza oven!

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