Easy Gluten Free Pita or Flatbreads

Easy Gluten Free Pita or Flatbreads

Gluten free pita or flatbreads are possible, scrumptious even, with the right gluten free flour, I can assure you! Remember those “sandwich thins” that used to be so great (back when we could eat wheat)?

Proportions are everything in a sandwich, and thin gluten free pita or flatbreads means more focus on the sandwich and all the goodies stuffed inside. Like fresh homegrown tomatoes … but I digress.

gluten free pita or flatbreads sandwich thin

I actually developed this recipe when my oven was broken — a debilitating problem for any baker. I worked on this recipe for weeks, baking it so many times in so many different ways (and so many different ovens -thank you friends & neighbors!), that it has even occupied my dreams. (There’s hardly a dream worse for a baker than nightmares of burned bread!)

My GF Naan was a big hit at the elementary school's international night, where it drew people to the India table!

Using this recipe for gluten free naan was a big hit at the elementary school’s international night, where it drew people to the India table!

I’ve baked this gluten free pita or flatbreads recipe out at temperatures ranging from broiling to 300° F. I’ve tried it in commercial gas heat ovens, electric home ovens and even a gas grill.

The net result is that, to get these beautiful breads to puff up enough to part the middles for soft pita bread to envelop your favorite sandwich filling, but crisp up enough on the outside to have a slight crunch and a gorgeous lightly browned hue, the dough needs to be mixed as little as possible. And the oven temperature needs to be just right — a perfect 425° F oven should do nicely.

gfJules gluten free pita breads in oven 2

Bake these gluten free pita breads close to the top of your oven for puffiest results.

 

Of course I must sheepishly admit that each time I baked this gluten free pita or flatbreads recipe while I was perfecting it for you, I and all others present ate every single batch, polishing off each one of these breads, regardless of whether we deemed the results “less than perfect.”

Even when these were cooked too long or not long enough or at a not-ideal temperature, they were still amazingly delicious! That means that even if your oven isn’t cooperating or they don’t puff up in the middles for you or they’re a touch overcooked, they’ll still be yummy. But don’t wander away from the oven for long, because it is easy to cook them way too much!

gfJules gluten free pita breads on rack 2

Especially because there are so few ingredients in this recipe, it is critical that you use the right ones, namely the gluten free flour specified in this recipe. I hear from folks all the time who try my recipes and use different flour blends and combinations and wonder why they don’t turn out like pictured.

Gluten free flour blends are all very different (click here to read more about different kinds of gluten free flour); my award-winning gfJules™ Flour is fine, light, tasteless and adds stretch to recipes where ordinary gluten free flours fail. That’s why it’s been voted #1 certified gluten free flour AGAIN in the Gluten Free Awards.

gluten free pita sandwich

Don’t waste your time with gritty rice flour blends or funky tasting bean flours or ancient grain flours that are heavy. Just don’t. If you want these yummy flatbread pitas to turn out right, use the right ingredients and you’ll be a happy baker. I promise!

So don’t be daunted by my trials and tribulations – you can bake this recipe with the right ingredients in a miscreant oven and still come out with pleasing results!

gluten free pita bread sliced

 

flatbread kids

If 2nd graders can do it, so can you!

I even baked this gluten free pita or flatbreads recipe at our church with the 2nd grade Sunday School class and we all got our hands in the dough – it’s a wonderful, tactile experience that should be shared! The recipe makes a wonderful gluten free Communion Bread option, too. Yeast-free and free of the top 8 food allergens plus gluten-free, it’s an inclusive Host that works well for intinction, as well.

Keep in mind that if 2nd graders can spread this dough into delicious rounds, you can too. There are a few different ways of getting this dough into shape, some a bit less orthodox than others (pun intended) but none is wrong. Beat it into shape with very well oiled hands or roll in more gfJules Flour and make it look a little neater. Again, no wrong answers.

gfJules gluten free pita breads on rack

Vegan, yeast-free, dairy-free, and of course, gluten-free, there should be nothing keeping you from making this recipe soon and often!

Here’s a video showing the recipe in action

 

gluten free pita bread side view

Easy Gluten Free Pita or Flatbreads

Easy Gluten Free Pita or Flatbreads

Yield: 5-6 pita/flatbreads
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

These gluten free pita make the perfect sandwich thins or flatbread for your pizza. They have just the right "chew" and are quick to make. Keep some in the freezer so you always have some on hand for lunch or even hummus and dips! They're a great all-around gluten free bread option for so many things!

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups (236 gr) gfJules™ All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/4 cup (22 gr) plain mashed potato flakes
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbs. warm milk (dairy or non-dairy soy, coconut, almond, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup warm yogurt (dairy or non-dairy soy, coconut, almond, etc.) OR 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil, vegetable oil or coconut oil (melted)
  • Additional oil to brush on tops

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425° F.

Place baking stone or metal baking sheet in oven while it is preheating. It should be on one of the upper-most racks, but not the very closest to the top of the oven.

Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Warm milk and yogurt, then add with oil to the bowl and blend, just until integrated.

Mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. If needed, add an extra 1 tablespoon or so of milk, to help the dough to hold together well; if the dough isn't holding together and pulling away from the sides of the bowl, it won't hold together when pressed into rounds, so be sure enough liquid is added at this stage. The goal is for the dough to hold together and be slightly sticky but not wet; not dry or crumbly at all.

Sprinkle a dusting of my gfJules™ Flour onto a pastry mat or clean counter. Roll the dough in a small amount of gfJules Flour to keep it from sticking. Gently roll into a wide log and cut into 5-6 equal sized portions.

Roll each portion in a small amount of gfJules Flour and lightly roll out in all directions to a thickness of about 1/4 inch -- no thinner, and it does not need to be even thickness; some unevenness leads to more puffiness in the baked out breads. Transfer to a piece of parchment dusted with more gfJules Flour.

Repeat with remaining dough. Brush the tops with oil and slide parchment onto hot stone or baking sheet that has been preheating in the oven.

Alternatively, scoop out equal portions of dough onto parchment and spread with well-oiled hands, pressing out with the palms of your hands to an uneven thickness of around 1/4 inch. Slide parchment onto hot pan.

I recommend monitoring this recipe in your oven the first time you try it. Bake for 10 minutes, OR until the breads are puffing up and browning slightly. Flip to the other side and bake for an additional 3-4 minutes. (You may also pan saute the breads lightly to brown the high points like traditional naan baked in a tandoor oven.)

If you tear open one of the breads, it should be fully cooked and have some pockets of air; it should not be gummy or look uncooked inside. If it is gummy or not fully cooked, return to the oven and monitor until fully cooked.

That being said, these breads may appear slightly gummy when hot out of the oven; let them cool for at least 5 minutes before tearing or cutting so the structure of the breads will set first.

Note the times and temperatures for your oven, so that next time you bake these flatbreads, you will know what produces the best results with your oven.

Makes 5-6 flatbreads. Use for personal pizza crusts, naan, pita breads or cut into triangles and toasted or broiled for crisp toast points.

I can’t wait to hear what you think!

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Easy Gluten Free Pita or Flatbreads

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