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Podplomyki – Polish Flat Bread Recipe

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An old Polish flatbread, this was my mom’s handwritten recipe for podplomyki. So simple and easy to make the podplomyki Polish flatbread recipe is so tasty!

We Have Flatbread Too! Finding My Mom’s Podplomyki Recipe

When I was visiting Bangkok 8 years ago we had a delicious meal in an Indian restaurant. We were lucky enough to meet the chef who showed us how they make the delicious Indian flatbread rotis and naans. 

We were amazed that the bread is so simple to make and it’s so delicious!

After coming back and settling down in Poland 5 years ago, I dived deeper into Polish cuisine. I read many Polish cookbooks, but I was taught by my mother-in-law, mom, and grandma. It’s the lessons handed down from the older generation that are the best!

When I stumbled upon a “podplomyki” recipe in my mom’s old, handwritten cookbook I was so surprised!

It turned out that we have a very similar bread in Poland. I asked my grandma about this dish, and she said she remembers her mother making this dish when she was younger.

When they were too hungry to wait until the bread was ready to eat, grandma’s mom would put tiny pieces of dough in the old oven. These cooked faster and were great treats for them! No wonder though, because “Podpłomyk” literally means “baked under the flame”.

Podpłomyki in a bread basket!
Podpłomyki made with my mum’s recipe

Where Did Podplomyki Flat Bread Originate?

Flatbreads like the podplomyki have been around for centuries. From the early 5th century Greek barley bread to the matzaah bread eaten in the Bible, to more modern varieties. 

In Slavic regions, flat breads were made of rye flour or wheat and and baked on hot stones in fireplaces. When stone fireplaces were not available, the breads were made in the open over a fire with hot stones. Over time, pork lard or spices such as cumin were added to different breads.

We don’t when this specific Polish version originated, but it’s a traditional Slavic flatbread and has some similarities to the breads made by neighboring countries too. The Armenians also make a similar flat bread with the same name podplomyki.

How To Make The Podplomyki Flat Bread?

Start by mixing all the ingredients to prepare the dough and leave it to rest for 10 minutes. If you can leave it overnight, even better.

My family recipe for podplomyki includes pork lard in the dough, but it’s also quite popular to use only flour and boiling hot water.

Ingredients for the podpłomyki bread.
Ingredients for the podpłomyki bread
Polish flatbread dough left to rest.
Leave the dough to rest

Preheat the frying pan with oil. Tear off a small piece of dough and stretch it out with oiled hands to form a flatbread. Fry on both sides for a few minutes before moving onto the next one. And that’s it! Tasty traditional podplomyki are ready to eat!

Polish podpłomyki flatbread.
Polish podpłomyki flatbread
Frying pan with dough next to cooked flatbreads.
Keep frying the flatbreads till all the dough is over
Polish flatbreads in a bread basket.
Polish flatbreads in a bread basket

Tips For Preparing Polish Flat Bread 

  • If you have extra dough, you can freeze it and use at a later time. Simply thaw in the refrigerator before using. 
  • If you have a traditional wood fire oven, this bread can be made there!
  • If you wish to make the flat breads more easily, you can flatten them out with a rolling pin.
  • For flavor, use pork lard or rapeseed oil.
  • If you want it without flavor, use sunflower oil!
  • If you don’t use pork lard, these Polish flat breads are egg less, vegetarian and vegan!
  • If you wish, you can add fried chopped onions, cumin, thyme or black seeds to the flat bread!
  • Always serve hot or warm!
Polish podpłomyki flatbreads in a bread basket.
Polish flatbreads are called podpłomyki

FAQs About Making Polish Podplomyki Bread

How To Pronounce Podplomyki?

Podplomyki is pronounced podh-ploh-mih-kee. 

What To Serve With Podplomyki Bread?

Podplomyki bread can be eaten with many Polish dishes. Some options are:

Otherwise, you can also serve it as a snack with any of these:

Can I Make These Flat Breads Gluten Free?

Yes, to make the flat breads gluten free replace the all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour. 

How To Store Podplomyki Flat Breads?

Store the podplomyki in an airtight container on the counter top or in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days. Reheat with oil or lard before serving. 

Podplomyki – Polish Flat Bread Recipe

Yield: 20 flatbreads

Podplomyki - Polish Flat Bread Recipe

Podpłomyki made with my mum's recipe.

An old Polish flatbread that's so simple and easy to make at home, the podplomyki Polish flatbread recipe is so tasty!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (480g) of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3.5oz (100g) of pork lard OR ⅓ cup of oil
  • ⅓ tsp of baking powder
  • ⅓ tsp of salt

Instructions

  1. Knead the dough.
  2. Leave it to rest for at least 10 minutes, may be overnight.
  3. Heat up the frying pan/ skillet.
  4. Oil your hands.
  5. Tear off a small piece of the dough and stretch it to form a flatbread.
  6. Fry the flatbread on the pan for about 3-4 minutes on each side.
  7. Repeat the process with the remaining dough.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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