Making bread is one of my favorite things and thse Soft Flatbreads have become a favorite.
The original recipe for these soft flatbreads came from King Arthur Flour. The soft flatbread is essentially a fry bread which makes it really fast to finish. The recipe calls for adding boiling water to some of the flour to cook the starch in it. it also uses potato flakes to add a softness and flavor that would be unattainable without it.
Most of the time I make these soft flatbreads, fry it up, freeze the soft flatbreads individually, stack them, wrap in foil and keep them in the freezer. I pull what I need and heat them in a 350°F oven wrapped in foil to keep them soft. I use them for bread with our meals or anywhere flour tortillas or wraps are called for.
As wonderful as the holidays are, they can be stressful. Along with all the special recipes for the holidays, I look for those that are super flavorful and quick to make. . As well as being quick and easy to make, these soft flatbreads freeze well.
2 ½ cups all purpose flour (350 grams or 12 ¼ ounces)
1 ⅓ cups boiling water
½ cup potato flakes (24 grams or ⅞ ounce)
1 ¼ salt
1 teaspoon instant yeast
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Place 1 ½ cups flour (210 grams or 7 ⅓ ounces) in the bowl of a processor or mixer.
Pour the boiling water over the flour and process or mix until it comes together and the ingredients are combined. Flatten the mixture in the bowl. Cover the bowl and let it sit for about 30 to 40 minutes until it cools.
While the mixture is cooling, combine the remaining flour, potato flakes, salt and yeast.
When the flour/water mixture has cooled, add the remaining ingredients including the oil. Process or mix until the dough comes together forming a slightly sticky ball. If the dough is too firm, add a tablespoon water.
I made the dough in my processor. It was a bit stiff so I broke the dough apart, placing them equally around the bowl and added another tablespoon of water. I processed again and it formed a ball.
In any event, process or mix the dough to knead to form a ball. I kneaded the dough by hand five or six times to form a smooth ball.
Place the dough in a sprayed bowl, cover it and let it rise for about an hour until doubled in bulk.
Punch the dough down and divide into 8 pieces, about 80 grams or approximately 2 ¾ ounces each. Roll each piece into a smooth ball. Roll each piece into about an 8 inch round. I rolled mine all once and placed paper between them.
Heat a frying pan over medium heat and place a soft flatbread in the pan.
Cook it about 1 minute when it will puff up in spots, turn and fry the other side. Remove immediately, and continue until all of the soft flatbreads are fried. Stack them up as they are fried to keep them soft.
If not using at once, they can be wrapped and reheated at 350°F for 10 to 15 minutes until hot.
If making ahead, freeze them individually. When frozen, stack them up, wrap in foil and store in the freezer for several months. Reheat, from the frozen state, as above for about 20 minutes.