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Love Pita Bread? Try Lavash, Too! Here’s How to Make Your Own

If you love naan and pita, it's time you got to know their flatbread cousin, lavash.

Lavash bread

Lavash is a traditional flatbread that's easy to make on the stovetop!

What is lavash bread?

Lavash is a traditional Armenian flatbread that can be served as an accompaniment to meals or alongside appetizers like cheese and fruit. It's made with common ingredients (you probably already have all or most of them in your pantry!). While it's traditionally baked in a clay oven, this lavash bread recipe employs a more accessible cooking surface: a skillet on your stovetop. 

The simple dough comes together in minutes. While it rises, decide what herbs or spices to use to flavor your flatbread. Once the dough is ready to roll, you can create thin, cracker-like pieces of lavash, or keep the dough thicker for more naan-like results. After baking briefly on a hot surface, the flatbread is the perfect companion for wine and cheese appetizers and pairs beautifully with hummus

Yummy lavash

Lavash Bread Recipe

Makes 12-18 large "shards"

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • ¼ teaspoon (about 1 gram) active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup warm water (105 F)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried herbs (I used rosemary, sage and lavender)

Step 1:

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, yeast, salt and sugar. Add the warm water and oil; mix with a wooden spoon until combined, then knead the dough by hand until it attains a smooth consistency. It will start out kind of "shaggy" in texture, but as you knead, it will become more cohesive. Add a little more water if needed.

Step 2:

Form the dough into a ball, place in an oiled bowl, cover with a damp towel. Let it rise for 1 hour; the dough will have expanded in size. Gently deflate the dough, re-cover and let rise again for 3 more hours. 

Ball of dough

Step 3:

At the end of the second rising period, turn the dough out onto a work surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out as thinly as possible. 

Lavash

Note: I found that I didn't need flour on the work surface, but if the dough feels sticky, consider scattering a small amount of flour on your work area. 

Step 4:

Cut the dough into randomly sized pieces (about the size of large tortilla chips). Lightly brush one side with oil, and if desired, sprinkle with herbs or spices. 

Ready to bake the lavash

Note: If you want more naan- or pita-like rounds of lavash, that's fine too! Simply divide the dough into 6 to 8 equal portions and roll into circles. 

Step 5:

Heat a skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add a few pieces of the dough at a time, oiled side down. Toast for about 1 minute, or until golden brown. While the dough is cooking on the first side, oil and spice the side facing up.

Step 6:

Flip and toast on the second side, noting that it will take less time than the first side. Once done, transfer to a wire rack to cool. Don’t stack the pieces; let them sit in a single layer, otherwise they won’t set crispy. Continue with the remaining portions of dough.

The flatbread will become crisp as it cools. Once crisped, you can store them loosely wrapped at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Lavash

Want more delectable flatbreads in your life?

Check out Craftsy course Focaccia & Flatbreads From Around the World. From naan and pita to DIY tortillas to easy filled focaccia, this course will educate you on the methods behind making some of the most delicious flatbreads from all around the world!

What's your favorite flatbread?

7 Comments

Pragati

This looks so tempting. I am definitely going to give it a try!!

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Sheryl M

Looks delicious! And serendipitously we have a wedge of Cambazola in the frig to go with it!

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Tina

Always wanted an easy recipe for this, thank you, am going to try it shortly!

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Carolina

Looks delicious and not to difficult to make, thanks!!

Carolina 😉

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Gina

Really like that your recipe is so easy, flexible, and for a smaller serving. Mixed flour, water, yeast and put 1/2 the olive in the bowl (flipping dough once) for a 30 minute rest (autolyse). I always do this step omitting salt until later with any yeast dough. Sprinkle salt on dough and mix in well. An alternative to kneading is the “stretch and fold” method done in the same bowl. It gets the dough smooth and the gluten stretched. Outstanding results for making a thin pizza crust, too! Giving this 3 hours for 2nd rise (or overnight in frig for a slow rise option). I see you have a granite counter (which is a cool surface) and it would be easier to get manageable, thin rolled dough off granite or marble on to a hot skillet. But since my work surface is plastic wrap over a large cutting board, I’m going to handle this like pita. I’ve got a small pizza stone and heat that up in a Breville-like toaster oven (400 degrees). Plan on cutting dough into 4 pieces, rolling very thin on some parchment paper, brushing top lightly with oil and sprinkle herbs or sesame seeds, and then sliding onto the hot stone. After 2 minutes, the parchment can be pulled off, leaving the flatbread to bake another 2-3 minutes. For my small kitchen and workspace, hope my results are like your skillet version…which look delicious! (BTW, do you recommend a well-seasoned iron skillet?)

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Jessie Oleson Moore

Sounds like your Breville/toaster oven option will work out brilliantly!! I would recommend a seasoned cast iron skillet. That having been said I actually made this away from my usual kitchen so I used a kind of inexpensive non stick pan which actually worked just fine. This recipe is rather forgiving. <3 enjoy!

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Eileen Patterson

I used your recipe as an inspiration/suggestion. I didn’t have all the ingredients so I substituted a whole wheat flour based baking mix and still added the yeast. After letting the dough rise I baked it on the stovetop in my cast iron skillet. It was delicious….a big hit with the hubby and friends.
Thank you so much for the recipe/inspiration.
Eileen

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