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Easy Homemade Flatbread Recipe (with Yeast)

If you find bread-making intimidating, don’t worry. Our easy flatbread recipe is an entry-level recipe perfect for beginners and seasoned bakers alike. The resulting bread is both crispy and soft, chewy and tender. The flavor from olive oil and seasoning is incredible and when you realize how very little time it takes you’ll be making your own flatbread regularly.

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Let’s make Easy Flatbread Recipe

We walk you through the whole process step-by-step and even share pictures to show you what each stage looks like. And with this recipe, chances are good you already have everything you need.

Why You Should Make This Easy Recipe

Oh my goodness, you have not lived until you have eaten warm fresh flatbread, straight out of the pan. We have a restaurant nearby that makes divine flatbread and brings copious amounts to your table to enjoy with fresh hummus. Eating there is when I realized it’s worth learning how to make your own at home. As breadmaking goes, this recipe is fast and easy. You only need one hour and fifteen minutes of rise time and you don’t really need any special skills.

What is Flatbread?

Any bread that is less than a few centimeters in thickness is considered a flatbread. This includes pita breadpizza dough, tortillas, and any other bread that is rolled out to be thin. Unleavened flat breads don’t add yeast. This delicious flatbread is a yeast flatbread rolled thin. 

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Flatbread Ingredients

Ingredients for easy flatbread recipe include: olive oil, water, salt, sour cream, sugar, yeast, flour, parsley, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Hostess At Heart
  • Warm Water. It should be between 95-105ºF so that it encourages yeast reproduction without killing the yeast.
  • Sugar – We use white granulated sugar to feed the yeast.
  • Active Dry Yeast. If the different varieties of yeast confuse you, check out my Baking Techniques. Make sure you use the right type.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Both the fat content and the flavor are important, and other types of oils are not as rich in flavor.
  • Sour Cream – We recommend full-fat because it makes a soft fluffy flatbread. You can substitute it with plain yogurt. 
  • All-Purpose Flour – You can use bleached or unbleached flour. One doesn’t act or taste any differently from the other. Unbleached flour is just less processed since it doesn’t go through the step of bleaching it.
  • Salt – You can use any salt. Our preferences are Kosher salt or Fine sea salt which we feel dissolves better with a less likely chance of salt pockets in our baked goods.
  • Parsley – Contributes a hint of earthiness and a touch of brightness that balances the richness of the dough and any toppings you might add.
    • Instead of or in addition to parsley, the best fresh herbs to put in homemade flatbread are thyme, rosemary, and or dill.
  • Garlic Powder – Infuses the dough with a subtle yet distinctive garlic taste that enhances the overall flavor profile. It also pairs well with other herbs and seasonings, making your flatbread more aromatic and flavorful. We do not recommend fresh garlic.
  • Italian Seasonings – Dried herb blend.

How To Make Our Easy Flatbread Recipe

Please note, that the printable recipe card has ingredient quantities, complete instructions, and nutritional information. The following is a quick overview of the recipe.

Proof the yeast for our easy flatbread recipe.

In a large mixing bowl, add the water, sugar, and yeast. Mix slightly and let it rest for 4 to 6 minutes until the mixture becomes foamy.

Yeast is proofing in a mixing bowl. Hostess At Heart

Add remaining wet Ingredients.

Once the mixture is foamy, add the olive oil and sour cream.

Adding the other liquid ingredients to the yeast in a mixing bowl. Hostess At Heart

Add the flour and seasoning.

Add half of the flour and mix until the flour is almost incorporated, and you still have dry flour visible. Then, add salt, parsley, garlic powder, and Italian seasonings to the mixture. Add the remaining flour and mix until all combined.

Adding the flour and seasonings to wet mixture using a Danish dough hook - Hostess At Heart

Knead your Homemade Flatbread Dough.

Knead the yeast dough mixture on a lightly floured surface until the dough forms a ball. Place the ball of dough in a large bowl prepared with a little olive oil and cover it with plastic wrap. Set it aside to rise.

Stirring the dough with the Danish dough hook to fully incorporate the flour.

Roll out the dough.

On a floured surface, divide the dough into 10 equal pieces, rolling them into smooth balls. Cover the dough with a clean dish towel and let the dough rise a second time.

Dough split into ten equal pieces and rolled into balls to make flatbread. Hostess At Heart

Preheat a pan.

Your target temperature is 375-400ºF. A skillet, griddle pan, or flattop grill will work easily. A Cast iron skillet is our favorite way to cook flat bread because it maintains the heat without cooling between batches.

Roll out the dough balls and cook.

Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into 8-inch circles. Brush a little olive oil on one side of the dough disc and place the oiled side on the preheated skillet, cooking for two minutes before flipping to the second side. Flip and cook for a couple more minutes. Cool.

Pieces of flatbread cooling on a cooling rack. Hostess At Heart

Hostess Tips

It’s just as quick to mix easy flatbreads by hand. We mixed all the ingredients into a bowl and used a Danish dough whisk. You can easily make it in a stand-up mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, but I wouldn’t recommend a hand mixer or a regular whisk. The dough will be thick and sticky.

When you roll a piece of dough into a circle, roll it from the center to the outside turning it as you go. Don’t stress if you can’t roll perfect circles. Some of mine resemble rough ovals. They’re just as delicious.

Brush a little olive oil on the flatbread before cooking to help it brown more evenly.

Cook the flatbread in batches. Don’t crowd them.

What to Eat with Flatbread

You can have so much fun changing up how you enjoy this yummy flatbread.

Spread garlic butter and add shredded cheese for impromptu garlic bread. Make an olive oil and vinegar dip to serve with cheese and salami. Use our recipes for gorgeous pickled beet hummus or sweet basil pesto as dips.

Use the flatbread as the base for Chicken Gyro sandwiches or as a side with any Mediterranean meal just like we did or our Greek Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette. It also just so happens to be the perfect bread to use with a panini press. Homemade tatziki or yogurt dill dressing is beautiful with this bread.

Top down view of a stack of homemade flatbread sitting on a cutting board - Hostess At Heart

Frequently Asked Questions

Is flatbread gluten-free?

No. Most flatbreads contain wheat, which has gluten by definition. Many gluten-sensitive people use gluten-free flour at a ratio of 1:1 however, I’ve not tried it.

How do I know when Flatbread is finished cooking in a skillet?

Knowing when flatbread is finished cooking in a skillet involves looking for these key signs:

  1. Golden Brown Spots: The flatbread should have golden brown spots on both sides. This indicates that it has cooked evenly and is ready.
  2. Puffed Up: The flatbread will often puff up in spots as it cooks, which is a good sign that the dough is cooked through.
  3. Firm and Slightly Crisp Edges: The edges should be firm and slightly crisp, not doughy or soft.
  4. Cook Time: Depending on the thickness and heat, each side should take about 1-3 minutes to cook. Adjust the heat if it’s browning too quickly or taking too long.

For the best results, keep an eye on the flatbread as it cooks, flipping it when the underside is golden brown and adjusting the heat to avoid burning.

Top down view of a cutting board with flatbreads on top.

How To Reheat & Store Homemade Flatbread

Best way to store Flatbread with yeast

Once completely cooled, place in an airtight container or bag for 2-3 days and store at room temperature. This makes cooked flatbread a great make-ahead recipe. We don’t recommend refrigerating the bread might help it last longer, but will also make the bread soggy.

Can I freeze Homemade Flatbread?

Yes. Freeze individual pieces on a baking sheet pan, and then combine them in a freezer-quality plastic bag.

How to reheat this Easy Flatbread Recipe

Warm up in the air fryer at 300º F for 3 to 4 minutes or in a hot skillet. Frozen pieces can be thawed and reheated in a toaster or toaster oven.

Three flatbreads on a cutting board ready to eat.

If you enjoyed Homemade Flatbread, I think you’ll enjoy this too!

Homemade bread is one of my favorite things in life. I think you will love our homemade flatbread pizza recipe as much as I do so be sure to check it out!

I hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe as much as we do. Drop me a comment below, and don’t forget to give it a star rating. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Your comments and ratings help others decide if this recipe is for them too.

Sideview of a stack of homemade flatbread sitting on a cutting board with an olive oil caraffe in the back.

Easy Flatbread Recipe (with yeast)

Author: Julie Menghini
Learn how to make easy flatbread with our step-by-step recipe. Crispy, soft, and full of flavor, this bread is perfect for beginners and seasoned bakers.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Rise time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword: Flatbread, Homemade bread, Yeast Bread
Servings: 10


  • 1 ¼ cup lukewarm water 95-105 degrees F
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 ½ tsp active dry yeast 1 envelop
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning


  • In a large mixing bowl, add the water, sugar, and yeast. Mix slightly and let it rest for 4 to 6 minutes until the mixture becomes foamy.
  • Once the mixture is foamy, add the olive oil (½ cup) and sour cream. Mix well.
  • Add half of the flour and mix until the flour is almost incorporated, and you still have dry flour visible.
  • Add in salt, parsley, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning to the mixture. Mix well.
  • Add the remaining flour and mix until all combined. The dough will be thick and sticky. I used a Danish Dough whisk, I would recommend a mixing spoon or the Danish whisk, not a hand mixer.
  • Knead the mixture on a lightly floured surface until the dough forms a ball.
  • Transfer the dough to an oil bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour.
  • On a floured surface, divide the dough into 10 equal pieces.
  • Roll each piece into a ball and put it aside.
  • Once all pieces are rolled, cover with a towel and let the dough rest for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat a pan (I love using a flat cast iron skillet or a griddle) to a temperature of 375 °F to 400 °F.
  • While the skillet is warming up, roll the dough into a 7 8-inch circle.
  • Brush oil on one side of the dough disc and place the oiled side on the preheated skillet.
  • Cook for 2 minutes. The flatbread will start to be bubbly.
  • Oil the other side of the flatbread before flipping it and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Place the cooked flatbread on a cooling rack.
  • Repeat until all the flatbread is cooked.


  • Brushing oil on the flatbread before cooking helps browning evenly.
  • Store at room temperature for up to 4 days. Flatbread can be frozen in an airtight freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.


Calories: 309kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 6gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 472mgPotassium: 82mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 77IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Recipe Rating

Laura Johnson

Monday 15th of July 2024

This flatbread was fantastic! The whole family loved making pizzas on them tonight! We also pinched it off piece by piece and dipped it in olive good!!

Julie Menghini

Monday 15th of July 2024

I love dipping flatbread too. It's delicious on a charcuterie board.


Sunday 14th of July 2024

You are my bread queen! We loved this flatbread!

Julie Menghini

Monday 15th of July 2024

Thank you, Kathleen! I'll take that moniker.

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