Garlic Herb Flatbread

Garlic Flatbread
Garlic Flatbread. Getty
  • 45 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: Makes 2 flatbreads (2 servings)

This flatbread is a simple yeast dough similar to pizza but without a heavy topping. Serve it with soup, salad, pasta, or as a finger food with cocktails.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/4 cups water (105 F to 115 F)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 package active dry yeast (1/4 ounce)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons rosemary
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (or as needed)
  • Garlic Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Optional: Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

How to Make It

1. In a large bowl, mix the water and honey until the honey has dissolved. Sprinkle the yeast over the liquid and let stand for about 5 minutes, until foamy.

2. Stir in the olive oil, salt, and rosemary.

3. Beat in the whole wheat flour and enough of the all-purpose flour to form a soft dough.

4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 to 10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.

Put the dough in a large oiled bowl, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in volume.

5. Punch down the dough and knead lightly. Let rest for 5 minutes. Divide the dough into two equal pieces. Lightly grease two baking sheets. Put one piece of dough onto each of the prepared baking sheets. Using a rolling pin or the palms of your hands, flatten each piece to form an oval disk approximately 12 x 10 inches. Make four or five indentations with a thumb in the dough.

6. Make the topping: In a small bowl, mix the oil and garlic. Brush the mixture over the two ovals. Sprinkle each oval with 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds.

7. Let stand until the dough looks puffy, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 425°F.

8. Bake the flatbreads for 15 to 18 minutes, or until they are nicely golden brown (rotate the baking sheets halfway through the baking time so the baking will be even). Transfer the flatbreads to a cutting board. Cut into wedges to serve warm. Drizzle with a little olive oil, if desired.

Recipe Notes and Tips

To freeze the dough ahead: Prepare the dough and let rise once as directed. Punch down the dough, place in an airtight plastic bag, and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator. Proceed with the recipe from dividing the dough in step 5.