Turkish Flat Bread

One thing I have been desperately missing here on Gabriola (in addition to sushi!) is curry and naan bread. We have worked out a few curry recipes we are happy with but were constantly disappointed by the lack of soft, warm naan bread to go with it. This kind of bread is so much better fresh; the doughy packaged ones at the grocery store just don’t cut it. J found a recipe for a Turkish Flat Bread that is an excellent addition to a curry feast and relatively easy to put together. Getting a handle on this recipe is a real game changer for us!

Turkish Flat Breads

1 1/4 cups warm water (105-110F)

2 1/4 tsps active dry yeast (one packet)

1 tbsp sugar

3/4 cup Greek yoghurt

2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp kosher salt

3 3/4 cups all purpose flour (plus more for rolling out on)

1/4 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley

Combine the yeast, sugar and water into a medium/large bowl and stir well. I used a canning thermometer to get the temperature just right. If it’s too hot or cold the yeast won’t foam up and give you the light bread you want. Allow the mixture to sit in a warm place for 5-10 minutes to activate the yeast. The mixture will be foamy and bubbly when ready.

Whisk in the yoghurt, olive oil and salt.

Add the flour and parsley and stir with a strong wooden spoon until the dough comes together. Turn out the dough onto a well floured counter, top and turn to coat.

Knead for 3-4 minutes or until dough is no longer sticky. You will probably have to add more flour to make this happen.

Divide into 10 equal pieces, sprinkle lightly with flour and cover with a clean towel. Allow to rest for 15 minutes.

Preheat a cast iron skillet to a medium/high heat. Roll dough balls out to approximately 7 inch rounds and brush very lightly with olive oil.

Cook flatbreads on both sides until they look like flatbreads. Yes I just said that πŸ€—

These babies cook pretty fast so keep your eye on them. Get yourself some good tongs and have a towel within reach, oh and open the window. I’m surprised the neighbours didn’t call the fire department it got pretty hot and smoky.

These flatbreads were just what we were missing here on the rock where we don’t have many options for takeout. I reeeeally miss naan style bread to dip in curry, they are the best part! We will definitely be making and devouring these regularly. πŸ–€

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