Okay so I must confess that whilst I can get out one flatbread in under five minutes, if you had a stopwatch on me it would take a little longer than five to get the rest out. But hey, freshly baked bread from scratch in under five minutes…even just one flatbread is amazing and if it takes you another 10 minutes or so to finish the rest, I say that’s a pretty good recipe! I’m also in good company being slightly optimistic on times, who can honestly tell me they have got out one of Jamie’s 15 minute meals in under 15 minutes? I absolutely love Jamie, definitely one of my food heroes and his meals are flavour explosions, but 15 minutes? My darling husband whipped up one speedy 15 minute meal in one hour and 15 minutes and not that I’m a show off (er hmmm) or at all competitive with my darling Will I just have to add that I did knock one out in 20 minutes…but then spent 45 minutes cleaning up every appliance and dish I have in my kitchen that I used to make dinner.
Whilst these might not come anywhere near Jamie on the old flavour front, I can promise they are quick and they don’t require many gadgets or kitchen appliances and a bonus is that they only use store cupboard ingredients so you’ve always got the ingredients to make fresh bread on hand. I find these are great if you have unexpected guests coming or you need a quick last minute lunch and can’t be bothered going out to get bread. You can whip these up, add a few dips and maybe some cheese or meats and voila you have a delicious nibbles platter or lunch. You will also no doubt impress your buddies by making fresh bread from scratch! Okay, so I have another confession. My Five Minute Flatbread is not technically bread. It doesn’t actually use any yeast but I think this is a bonus because who (a) always has yeast in the house, and (b) can be bothered with using yeast, letting it rise and kneading bread? If you answered yes to both of those questions then I do not suggest you make my Cheat’s Almond Croissants, you are way to amazing to be hanging out with me and probably think I am far too lazy (jokes, I am actually amazed by you, please stick around!).
There’s not too many tips I need to give you for making these flatbreads, they are pretty self explanatory. I will add that I find that the dough is quiet sticky so you will need to flour your hands, work surface and rolling pin. It is easier to roll out your dough as you cook each flatbread. Lastly, I prefer to use a dry griddle to cook the flatbreads.
Five Minute Flatbread
- 2 cups flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp flaky sea salt
- 2/3 cup water
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
Place flour, salt and baking powder in food processor. Slowly add water and oil and process until dough comes together. The dough should be slightly sticky and elastic.
Dust your work surface and hands with flour then place the dough out onto your work surface. Knead the dough until it is smooth, this should only take approximately 1 minute.
Divide mixture into 8. Take each ball of dough and flatten slightly. With a rolling pin dusted in flour roll each piece until it is roughly 12 cm (5in) round. They don’t have to be perfect, they look more rustic if they are not completely round.
Heat a griddle or BBQ on high heat. Place each flat bread on griddle and cook for 1-2 min each side.
Great served when still warm!