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Homemade Flatbreads

Photo: Christopher Testani; Styling: Thom Driver

Active time 35 mins
Total time 17 hrs, 25 mins

Serves 18 (serving size: 1 flatbread)

Flatbreads quickly cook on a griddle set over hot coals. Prep and portion the dough ahead to keep time at the grill to a minimum. Serve these homemade flatbreads with juicy grilled lamb and a trio of savory sauces. 


  • 2 cups lukewarm water (about 100°), divided
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm whole milk, (100°)
  • 1 pound plus 11 oz. unbleached all-purpose flour (about 6 cups), divided
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 165
  • fat 1.4 g
  • satfat 0.4 g
  • monofat 0.5 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 5 g
  • carbohydrate 33 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 1 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 220 mg
  • calcium 22 mg
  • sugars 1 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 0 g

How to Make It

  1. Combine 1/2 cup water and yeast in a medium bowl. Pour warm milk and remaining 1 1/2 cups water into a large bowl. Stir in yeast mixture. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 9 ounces (about 2 cups) flour to yeast mixture, stirring in one direction until smooth. Add salt. Stir in remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough is too stiff to stir but still soft. Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead 5 minutes or until soft and smooth, dusting with flour as needed. Place in a large bowl coated with 2 teaspoons olive oil; cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a cool place 8 hours. Punch dough down. Cover; refrigerate overnight.

  2. Divide dough in half on a lightly floured surface; cover one half with a damp cloth. Divide remaining half into 9 (5 1/3-ounce) pieces; shape each into a ball. Repeat with remaining dough half. Let stand 20 minutes.

  3. Place 1 or 2 griddles or cast-iron skillets on grill; heat to medium.

  4. Shape each dough ball into a 9- x 7-inch oval; layer between parchment paper coated with cooking spray. Cook breads on griddle coated with cooking spray 2 minutes or until golden, turning once.