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Sourdough Flatbread

Updated: Jan 31

This easy sourdough flatbread recipe is made with only a few simple ingredients and only takes 20 minutes to cook. Perfect for your favorite hummus, or whatever you want!


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What is great about Sourdough Flatbread?


  • Sourdough flatbread is known for its unique, tangy flavor profile. The sourdough starter, which is a fermented mixture of flour and water, imparts a pleasant sour taste to the bread. This flavor is highly sought after and adds complexity to various dishes.

  • The fermentation process in sourdough bread breaks down complex carbohydrates and gluten, making it easier to digest compared to bread made with commercial yeast. The lactic acid bacteria present in sourdough helps predigest starches and proteins, potentially reducing bloating or discomfort in some individuals.

  • The fermentation process not only enhances the flavor but also improves the nutritional profile of sourdough bread. It increases the availability of certain nutrients like vitamins (B vitamins and vitamin E) and minerals (iron, zinc, and magnesium), making them more bioavailable and easier for the body to absorb.

  • The acidic nature of sourdough bread inhibits the growth of molds and some bacteria, leading to a longer shelf life compared to other bread types. The beneficial bacteria and enzymes produced during fermentation help preserve the bread, reducing the need for preservatives.

  • Sourdough flatbread typically has a crisp crust and a chewy interior, resulting in a delightful texture. Its versatility allows it to be used in various culinary applications. You can enjoy it as a standalone bread, use it for sandwiches, serve it with dips and spreads, or even as a base for pizzas or bruschetta.

Tips


  • Begin with a vibrant and active sourdough starter. Feed your starter regularly to ensure its strength and vitality. A healthy starter will contribute to a better rise and flavor in your flatbread.

  • Autolyse refers to mixing the flour and water and allowing them to rest for a period before adding the starter and salt. This resting period, usually 30 minutes to an hour, hydrates the flour and allows the gluten to develop, resulting in a better texture.

  • Fermentation is crucial for sourdough flatbread. Give your dough ample time to rise and ferment. This helps develop flavor and structure. You can experiment with longer fermentation times, such as overnight proofing in the refrigerator, to enhance the sourness and complexity of the bread.

  • Sourdough flatbread dough benefits from a slightly higher hydration level compared to regular bread. Adjust the water content as needed to achieve a soft and slightly sticky dough. Higher hydration will contribute to an open crumb and a moist, tender texture.

  • During bulk fermentation, incorporate the stretch and fold technique. This involves gently stretching the dough and folding it over itself to develop gluten and improve structure. Repeat this process every 30 minutes to an hour during the initial fermentation stage.


 
Sourdough Flatbread

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Prep time: 10 minutes

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Cook time: 2-3 hours

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Yield: 4 Servings



Ingredients:


  • 2 cups of flour

  • 1 cup of sourdough starter

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 ½ tsp of instant yeast

  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water

  • Olive oil for cooking


Directions:


1. Mix the sourdough starter, flour, water, salt, and yeast together. Knead for a few minutes.

2. Cover the dough and allow it to rise for about 2 to 3 hours. You can also all ferment overnight. 3. Divide the dough into 8 equal balls shaped with your hand.

4. Flatten the dough (about 1/4” thick) on a lightly floured surface.

5. Add a small amount of olive oil to a skillet and preheat over medium.

6. Cook each flatbread for about a minute or two on each side until it starts to brown a bit.

7. Get your dip ready!

 
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Suggested Pairing


A dry sparkling wine, such as Champagne or Prosecco, can be a fantastic choice. The effervescence and acidity of sparkling wine help cut through the richness of the flatbread and enhance its flavors.

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