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Sunflower Rosemary Flatbread / Pizza Crust

Rosemary Sunflower Pizza Crust

Over the weekend, I was looking around for a new pizza crust recipe and I stumbled across this handsome one. The thing that initially attracted me to him was the beer. It’s hard for me to resist a good beer … mmm … a nice nut brown ale. I was a little disappointed there wasn’t much left for me to drink. But I got over it soon enough. I mean, how could you stay mad at something that looks and smells (and tastes!) this good?

Sunflower Rosemary Flatbread

Sunflower Rosemary Flatbread (or Pizza Crust)

Adapted from You can eat this as a flatbread or use it for pizza crust. I cut the dough into four pieces to make smaller flatbreads I could freeze, then pull out for fast meals when I’m in a hurry. It’s so easy to whip up a funky pizza on the spot when you have a good flatbread in the freezer.

  • 1 cup beer (I used Leinenkugel Fireside Nut Brown Ale)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup unbleached white whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds


  1. Put all the ingredients except the sunflower seeds in the bread machine and start it on the dough setting.
  2. About 30 minutes into the cycle, when the machine beeps at you to add the “extra” ingredients, throw in the sunflower seeds. If you forget, don’t worry. Just knead them in just before you roll out the dough.
  3. When the dough is ready, take it out and cut it into the desired number of flatbreads you want. I did four, which made for nice individual-sized pizza crusts. If you want bigger pizza crusts, cut it into two pieces. Shape each piece into a disc. Cover the dough and let it rest for 5- 10 minutes.
  4. Flatten each disc with your hands to make a slightly larger disc. Cover and let rest another 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and put your pizza stone in to get good and hot (if you have one … if you don’t,  you can bake your flatbreads on a baking or pizza pan).
  5. Dust your rolling surface with cornmeal, and use a rolling pin to roll each disc into a flat circle about 1/4 inch thick. Set each flatbread on a cornmeal-dusted pan or pizza peel once it is rolled out. At this point, you have a choice. If you want thick, fluffy flatbreads, spray the dough with cooking spray, cover with a clean dry kitchen towel and let the dough rise until it is the desired thickness. Or, for a thin crust, start cooking them as soon as they are rolled out. I made mine on the thin side, although by the time I got the fourth one in the oven, it was getting a little on the thick side.
  6. Slide one crust at a time onto your hot pizza stone in the oven and bake at 425 for about 10 minutes or until the crust is a nice golden brown color.  If they start to get puffy spots while they’re cooking, poke them with a fork to burst the bubbles.
  7. You can eat these as flatbread, with olive oil or a pizza sauce for dipping, or top them with your favorite pizza toppings. I used one for a potato pizza and froze these three for later. You’ll be seeing them again soon, I’m sure.

Sunflower Rosemary Flatbread

This recipe was shared at Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays.

11 responses

  1. ooohhh!!! this looks heavenly:)


    March 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm

  2. Yum! Sounds like the perfect flatbread to build something amazing on top of. Beautiful!

    March 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm

  3. Patti Getty

    What can I substitute the beer with? I so want to make this it sounds so good and looks delish. We do not and can not do beer. Thank you

    March 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    • Ann

      Patti, you can use a non-alcoholic beer … or just use water.

      Thank you Michele and Tiffany and Melissa!:)

      March 5, 2012 at 8:35 pm

  4. Naturally my mouth is watering, Ann! I haven’t baked anything with yeast for quite a while now😦 I’m sooooooo ready to be able to spend lots of time in the kitchen again! In the meantime, I’ll just bake and eat with my fave foodie friends! (((hugs))) and lotsa❤

    March 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm

  5. Wow!!! This is da bomb diggity! I totally want a piece of that in ma belly like right now!!

    March 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm

  6. That focaccia looks amazing!

    March 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm

  7. This bread is just begging for some soup to dunk it into….Looks so yummy and rosemary is my favorite flavor of focaccia bread.

    March 6, 2012 at 5:02 am

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