Flatbread Pizza – Homemade, No Yeast!

This Homemade Flatbread Pizza is a fun and delicious kitchen project, no yeast needed. Get the kids involved, or crack open a bottle of wine for date night at home!

Overhead image of flatbread pizza topped with goat cheese, tomatoes and chives.

How are you doing lately? Are you taking on complicated kitchen projects, or making the easiest meals possible? My attitude on this subject changes day to day. Some days, just getting through the day as two adults working from home while tending to a toddler is all we can handle. Other days (especially weekends) are more relaxed, with literally NOTHING on the agenda.

I’ve started experimenting with baking yeast breads in a way I haven’t done since culinary school. However, I’m still finding that access to yeast is hit or miss at most grocery stores around here, and I’m currently out of yeast. But last weekend, I wanted to make homemade flatbread, and lack of yeast wasn’t going to stop me. 

Why make homemade flatbread pizza?

Because it’s a fun little project that gives you a since of accomplishment without being TOO labor or time intensive. Because this recipe doesn’t call for yeast, there’s not even any rising or proofing time (just 10 minutes to rest the dough after you knead it).

And as an added bonus, I find kneading dough to be really soothing. Who couldn’t use four minutes of dough-kneading-meditation right now?

The ingredients for this flatbread pizza dough recipe are easy to find:

  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • sour cream (many flatbread recipes call for yogurt, but you know I LOVE my sour cream!)
  • milk
  • olive oil
  • sugar
  • salt
  • vegetable oil

Overhead image of ingredients for homemade flat bread - olive oil, flour, baking soda, yogurt, milk and sugar. Finished flatbreads alongside.

How to make flatbread pizza crust:

You’ll need two mixing bowls. In one bowl, you’ll whisk together the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. In the other bowl, you’ll whisk together the wet ingredients – sour cream, milk, olive oil and sugar. Yes, sugar is treated as a wet ingredient in baked goods because you’ll get a more even distribution of the sugar when you combine it into the liquid ingredients vs. trying to stir it into the dry ingredients.

Add half of the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula. Add the remaining wet ingredients, stirring until the mixture starts to come together.

At this point, the dough will still seem somewhat crumbly. Don’t worry, this is normal! Dump the dough out onto a clean, floured work surface. 

Knead the dough for AT LEAST 4 minutes or until smooth. Have patience – the dough will develop and become smooth and stretchy (vs shaggy and biscuit-like) as you knead it to develop the gluten. If the dough begins to stick to your work surface at any point, sprinkle the surface with a little more flour.

After kneading, leave the dough on your work surface to rest for 10 minutes. Then, divide the dough into 4 even pieces and use a floured rolling pin to roll each piece of dough very thin – at most, you want the dough to be 1/4-inch thin, if not slightly thinner.

Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, and add enough vegetable oil to thinly cover the surface. One at a time, transfer the rolled dough pieces to the skillet and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown, flipping once.

Top flatbreads with desired toppings (more on that below) and transfer to a 350 degree oven to finish cooking.

Overhead image of thin crust topped with tomatoes and goat cheese. Chives and chive flowers on pan with flatbread.

What toppings to add to this flatbread pizza recipe:

The only limit is your imagination! I love these flatbreads topped with hummus, olives and feta. Also, salted butter and thinly sliced radishes. Also, mozzarella and hot salami and honey. I mean, I pretty much enjoy homemade flatbread with ANY kind of toppings.

This time, I sort of took a white pizza approach with some smeared goat cheese, and then some tomatoes and chives from my garden. I finished it off with a dusting of lemon zest, red pepper flakes, sea salt, and a drizzle of olive oil.

What to eat with pizza:

If you’d like to serve your homemade flatbread with a salad, I’d recommend a simple green salad dressed with citrus salad dressing or creamy lemon feta dressing. An heirloom tomato and beet salad or cucumber and avocado salad would also be yummy.

Yield: 4 servings

Flatbread Pizza - Homemade, No Yeast!

Flatbread Pizza - Homemade, No Yeast!

This Homemade Flatbread Pizza is a fun and delicious kitchen project, no yeast needed. Get the kids involved, or crack open a bottle of wine for date night at home!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

For the Flatbreads:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

For Topping:

  • 3 ounces goat cheese
  • 3/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives

Instructions

  1. In large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda until well combined. In medium bowl, whisk sour cream, milk, olive oil and sugar until smooth.
  2. Add half of wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir with spatula. Add remaining wet ingredients and stir until mixture starts to come together.
  3. Dump dough onto clean, floured work surface. Knead dough for AT LEAST 4 minutes or until smooth. If dough begins to stick to work surface at any point, sprinkle surface with a little more flour.
  4. Leave dough on work surface to rest 10 minutes. Then, divide dough into 4 even pieces and use flour work surface and floured rolling pin to roll each piece of dough 1/4-inch thick at most.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat large cast iron skillet over medium heat; add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Transfer 1 rolled dough piece to skillet and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown, flipping once. Repeat process with remaining dough pieces and vegetable oil.
  6. Place flatbreads on rimmed baking pans and top with goat cheese (smear it onto flatbread a little), tomatoes and chives. Transfer to oven for 8 to 10 minutes to finish cooking. Cut and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 569Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 1050mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 12g

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