Oven-Free Baking: How To Bake Flatbread on the Stovetop

Oven-Free Baking: How To Bake Flatbread on the Stovetop

Emma Christensen
Aug 10, 2009

While we love fresh-baked bread, we really don't love turning on the oven and making our hot apartment even hotter! That's why this summer, we've been playing around with making flatbreads like pita and chapati on the stove top. They're fast, easy, and oh yes, very yummy. Take a look!

All you need to make stove top flat breads is a skillet and a little butter or oil. We like to use our cast iron skillet, but we're pretty sure any skillet would do. Just heat the pan up over medium-high heat and roll your flatbreads into 9-inch rounds while it's heating. Coat the bottom of the hot pan with a little butter or olive oil and add your flatbread.

Cook the flatbread for about 30 seconds and then flip it over. Cook for a minute and a half, flip it again, and cook for another minute and a half. During this time, the bread will puff up like a pita and get some nice toasted spots on the underside.

So that's 30 seconds, 1.5 minutes, 1.5 minutes, and you're done! Wrap the baked breads in a clean dishcloth while your make the others.

Besides the fact that this method is quick and doesn't heat up our kitchen, we also like that we can make a big batch of dough and keep it stored in the fridge. When we want a flatbread or two to go with dinner, we cut off just what we need and let it warm up on the counter before cooking. Dough can keep in the fridge for up to a week before it starts to develop off-flavors.

This is definitely a technique worth trying!

Related Flatbread Posts:
Recipe for Easy Homemade Pita
Making Naan Bread at Home
Indian Chapatis

(Images: Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)

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