Garlic and Herb Flatbreads

Almost every culture and civilisation in the known world has a variety of flatbread it is able to call its own, in one way or another. Though this particular flatbread is of no particular origin, it draws inspiration from the idea of flatbread as a whole. It seems that the whole point of a flatbread is that you can mould them to be whatever is desired – this recipe for Garlic and Herb Flatbreads remains within that tradition.

There are but two conditions for being labelled a flatbread; you must be flat and you must be a bread. Of course, this recipe calls for yeast, though that needn’t always be the case. There are also a number of ways in which one may choose to cook flatbread; generally the only criterion is that they are allowed to steam using the moisture they themselves contain. It is recommended that they are either fried or griddled – one doesn’t want them to burn, but a crispy corner never did anyone any harm.

In terms of flavourings, feel free to use whatever herbs you like in this recipe. However, when selecting your herbs bear in mind the flavour profile of the dish your bread is likely to be paired with. For instance, if they are to accompany a curry it would perhaps be best to incorporate a fragrant herb such as coriander. In any case, whatever your choice I’m sure these flatbreads will go down a treat!

Garlic and Herb Flatbreads

Makes 4


• 175ml warm or tepid water

• 7g sachet of fast-action yeast

• 1 tsp honey

• A generous pinch of salt

• 200g plain flour

• 50g rye or spelt flour

• 3-4 tbsp chopped herbs of your choice

• 1 clove of garlic, mashed

• 2 tbsp olive oil


1. In a jug, mix together the water, honey and yeast. Set this aside until frothy. Tip the flours, herbs and salt into a large bowl and mix. Tip in the frothy water mixture and bring together at first with a spoon and then by hand. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Place the dough in a clean bowl, cover and put in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes.

2. Once the dough has been given ample time divide it into four balls and gently roll them out into circles. Brush a little oil onto a cast iron or thick stainless steel pan and cook each flatbread, one-by-one, over a medium heat. They are cooked when the bread springs back when pressed. One may have to re-apply oil between bread.

3. Mix together the garlic with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Once the flatbreads have been allowed a little time to cool brush them with the garlic and oil. Serve immediately.

Cost: Bread will never cost the earth to make, especially when it is as simple as these. Indeed, these delicious flatbreads, which are perfectly served alongside most dishes, should set one back no more than £1.10.

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196 comments on “Garlic and Herb Flatbreads

  1. ceciliag
    September 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    OK I am making these for dinner, we have been experimenting with flat breads and tortillas lately and i think i am going to win with these, those herbs are inspired, and i got a good laugh out of your self leavening, I never even watch TV so i think I am nice and airy, not dense at all! I shall make a nice lamb curry to go with them!! c

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Amazing, Cecilia! Television does make one a little dense… I’m glad you never watch it. I think you’ll love these 😀

  2. arzea
    September 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    OMG….this is making me so hungry. This looks so good. I am always so scared and intimidated to try bread, but I might have to start with this. Thanks!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Don’t go too hungry :D. You should definitely start bread – it’s very simple once you get into it!

  3. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    September 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    They look wonderful!

  4. Shira
    September 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    YUM!! well done 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Thanks, Shira! I thought you might like them.

  5. Shumaila
    September 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    These look like tandoori paranthas/naans! Makes me hungry. I bet they tasted great.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      A little thinner, I suspect, Shumaila. They were lovely. I think they’d be just up your street.

  6. on thehomefrontandbeyond
    September 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    self leavening for denseness – I could use a dose of that

  7. cookinginsens
    September 6, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    The herbs and garlic would be a great thing to put in Jamie’s Navajo bread. Thanks Frugal.

  8. Eat Healthy Be Happy
    September 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Flat breads are one of my all time favorites things to eat, and these look superb. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Mine too, they just have a certain fantastical quality about them.

  9. Tree of Life Learning Academy
    September 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Totally YUMMY looking!!! 🙂 If you don’t mind I will share this with my readers @Tree of Life…

  10. spree
    September 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Really great looking/sounding flatbread Nick! That and (more than my) fair share of olive oil and a whopping salad and I’d be happy as a clam! (If clams ate flatbread and salads.)

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks, Spree! They might do… you’d have to ask.

  11. Tree of Life Learning Academy
    September 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Reblogged this on Tree of Life Learning and commented:
    One of my favorite blogs comes from across the pond and scores a definite hit with these sumptuous looking flatbreads. TAKE A LOOOK 😉

  12. bigbutter
    September 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! I’ve never made flatbread before.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Oh you should, you really should – you’ll never look back.

  13. Jen
    September 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    These look heavenly. I may have to try this recipe tonight!

  14. budgetcookingblog
    September 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I don’t think we get that particular program on BBC America. Only endless reruns of “The Graham Norton Show”!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      You’re not missing too much… I can’t watch Graham Norton… he’s annoying.

  15. countrywoodsmoke
    September 6, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Awesome, love flat breads, and these look fab, if we had a summer you could also cook them over coals on a BBQ.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks, Marcus! That would be awesome – they’d taste even better 😀

  16. annashortcakes
    September 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Book marking this! LOVELY!

  17. lorrielorrieb
    September 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Oh I just love all things bread! These look wonderful, I will surely give them a try!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Me too – there’s nothing better. Thanks, Lorrie!

  18. Patch
    September 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Lol! I definitely need some self-leavening! I made HFW’s garlic flatbreads recently which were nice… But these look much more interesting and yummier 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Haha – I’m sure you don’t. That’s a compliment indeed – I do like HFW.

  19. Jo Blogs
    September 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Well I feel better about my application for this season’s GBBO not being answered Frugal ;0). I love your grumpy little rants! Excellent intelligent reading indeedio it is 😀
    Flatbreads (well, breads) are a passion of mine, you might have noticed that. These look decadently divine. Me likey!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Haha! I’m sorry they were so rude. At least you think I’m intelligent :D. I love making bread so much. Thanks, Jo!

  20. Juls
    September 6, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Whenever I watch GBBO I, firstly, want to smash in Mel and Sue’s voiceboxes so they just stop talking and, secondly, find myself obsessing over how thin Mary Berry is despite being a nationally acclaimed cakey-person.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      OH they’re all right… I hate Paul – he spouts some utter rubbish. He’s got such ridiculously defined rules of exactly what everything should be like. Someone made a polenta cake, then he complained that the texture wasn’t the same as one made with flour… that utterly infuriated me… the reason you use polenta is for a different taste and texture.

  21. makingitwithdanielle
    September 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    These look mouth-watering… thanks for sharing!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks, Danielle! I’m glad you think so.

  22. Sara Ann
    September 6, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    These look so awesome! Ill be trying this one!

  23. spabettie
    September 6, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    these look beautiful – so fluffy and fresh! we love to grill our flatbreads, that is what I will do with these… thanks for the recipe!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

  24. Anastasia
    September 6, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Oh my! How gorgeous are those!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks! I was quite pleased with how they looked.

  25. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    September 6, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I’m seriously salivating about these flatbreads. Garlic and herbs, what more could one want?

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Don’t make your floor wet… I certainly didn’t want much more 😀

  26. matpacker
    September 7, 2012 at 12:17 am

    They look awesome! I think I know what I’ll be making on Sunday afternoon now, they’ll go very nicely with the curry I’m making.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Yes they will! We had them with veggie burgers and a bulgur wheat salad.

  27. Keep Calm and Eat On
    September 7, 2012 at 2:13 am

    I am beyond impressed. Who doesn’t like bread and when you can make something so effortless it tastes just that much sweeter. Thank you for the inspiration.
    Your blog is very useful and I love it, just thought I let you know.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Oh blimey! Thanks! Thanks for letting me know, comments like this make my day!

  28. Meenakshi
    September 7, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Hahaha! Love the ‘dense’ joke! Your flatbreads look amazing; they look so much like Indian paranthas! But yes, leavened. I ought to try a flatbread using yeast instead of just stone ground wheat. Yummy yummy

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 11:59 am

      Hehe – I’m glad someone appreciates it :D. Thanks! Yes! Use yeast, it’s fantastic stuff.

  29. sophiesoven
    September 7, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I know what you mean about the bake off. That said, along with Masterchef, I’m still perfectly happy to watch for the food porn and inspiration. Plus I find it really funny when people cry over doing a treacle tart wrong. I know that makes me a bad person.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      I can’t watch Masterchef… It’s been intensely annoying for years… I don’t know why they cry…

  30. Clarisse Shaina
    September 7, 2012 at 10:49 am

    It’s true these cooking competitions sometimes become a little repetitive, but they certainly are a great place to find food inspiration. Top Chef Just Desserts is one of my favourites in terms of this. The desserts always look so mouth-watering and impressive! I always want to get up and bake/cook immediately after watching any type of cooking show for that matter.

    These look absolutely fantastic! My favourite kind of flatbread is the Indian roti smothered with curry. I’m getting a sudden craving now. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

      I’ve never heard of Top Chef, but it sounds like the same sort of thing… they just annoy me a bit :D. Thanks! They’ve all gone and I’ve got an itching for more…

  31. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    September 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

    These look totally drool-worthy, especially topped with garlic butter… genius! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Thanks, Becca! They were utterly scrumptious!

  32. grainnep
    September 7, 2012 at 11:32 am

    These look lovely, im inspired , thinking about the herbs I could use. Lovely!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Thanks! Let me know if you make them and what herbs you use!

  33. Maya Oryan
    September 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Looks like indian tandoori. Delicious!

  34. Maya Oryan
    September 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I meant the naan of course:)

  35. Bam's Kitchen
    September 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I am the 62nd person to like this post and I am sure there will be millions more. This is a super recipe.

  36. unoscoiattoloindispensa
    September 7, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Lovely! I have been fancying flat-breads lately, might just try your recipe! When I am fed up with the telly, I just take a good old book out, preferably from my shelves, or the public library! Or even better, I get the flour out! 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      You should – they were loved by all :D. I’m always reading, never fear… I have far too many books and too good a local second hand book shop not to… not to mention all the free kindle books!

  37. Smedette
    September 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    YES! I never thought of using rye flour in flatbread, but now I cannot wait to try it.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      It was fantastic – gave it a much more interesting flavour than without – it’s my favourite wheat flour.

  38. csamom
    September 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I need to try this soon. It looks fantastic and will use some of the odd flours I have accumulated in the cupboard. Do you think I could use a mixture of rye and spelt instead of just one or the other?

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Please do! Of course you can… any wheat flour will do – spelt is so delicious.

      • csamom
        September 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm

        I had forgotten where I saw this recipe and was going nuts trying to find it so I could try it out. Thank you for coming back to my blog. Now my day is better!

        • frugalfeeding
          September 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm

          Haha – no problem! I’m glad you found me again, why not bookmark it?

      • csamom
        September 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm

        I’m still new to this whole blogging thing and I’m not sure how to do that yet. I’ll figure it out soon. Today I’m working on links. 🙂

  39. Zeeona @ Basil and Strawberry
    September 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Just by looking at the picture I can literally smell the garlic scent! I have some rye flour left over from my failed attempt to make rye bread, now I know what to do with it! Thanks!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      It was fantastic for my nose 😀 – I have a good rye bread recipe somewhere on here I think!

  40. silverbells2012
    September 7, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration. They remind me of some lovely rolls I used to have when I worked in Southwest China… Anyway, I’m going to make something like this now to go with a curry I’m taking to a party tomorrow evening. (Wish it wasn’t so late at night, otherwise I’d be baking them now :))

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      I always find it’s best to bake in the morning – it encourages a good, productive day 😀

      • silverbells2012
        September 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm

        I did make a batch of flatbreads (with spring onion and poppy seeds) which were much enjoyed at the housewarming party I took them to yesterday evening 🙂

        • frugalfeeding
          September 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm

          That’s a great idea! I love that they are so versatile.

  41. Shaunna
    September 7, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Gorgeous…..have never made flatbread before! Think I will be adding it to my menu this weekend!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      Oh, you absolutely must! It’s so simple, quick and easy!

  42. leamn
    September 8, 2012 at 10:47 am

    This is so teasing to the taste buds. I will follow the exact recipe that makes 4, we’re are only 2 at home. But I think we will be wanting more.. your flatbread looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      They are pretty large, you could freeze the other two!

  43. KatsHealthCorner
    September 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Garlic is one of my FAVORITE spices EVER! Especially for flat-breads. 😉

  44. Kaitlyn
    September 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Simple & delicious, I love!

  45. movita beaucoup
    September 8, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    My word! Those flatbreads look amazing. Loving the chives in there, and your photos, sir, are high-fiveable!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks, Movita! I love it when people compliment my photography 😀 – it’s the one thing I’m always a little nervous about.

  46. Sizzle Food
    September 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    These look amazing!! I am a HUGE flatbread fan! I use flatbreads for just about everything! I am DEFINITELY going to give this a try! SO excited!