Flatbread latest trend for foodies

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- It's one thing to get a bread maker. But the hot new trend in baking right now is to make flatbread.

Chef Shelley Holman shared some of her favorite tips and recipes on Monday's Good Morning Arizona. The recipes come from her new cookbook: "The Skinny Bread - 100 Ways to Make Flatbread."

The cookbook, just published last month, teaches you everything you need to know to create tasty and healthy flatbreads. Shelley illustrates that some of your favorite comfort foods like pizza, tacos, crepes, and more can be into flatbreads.

"I'm a carb-aholic," Shelley admits. "So I needed to find a way to enjoy bread but just eat a little less of it."

Flatbread can be surprisingly easy to make, usually with just a few ingredients. You can use rapid-rise or regular yeast to get the starter going. After that, you let it sit. "If you're using regular yeast, you let it sit about ten minutes," Shelley says. From there, you add the flour.

One of Shelley's secrets is to add a teaspoon of sugar just before you put the flour in. "What the sugar does is that it helps the yeast to ferment quicker."

On Monday, Shelley featured a five ingredient focaccia bread, showing us the steps from start to finish. She says it's a very versatile food. "You can use it as a platform for anything," she says. "You can bake it,. You can grill it. You can stuff it."

The flatbread cookbook is available online for purchase. You can also find recipes on her food blog at Or visit www.shelleyholman.com.