HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE AND MARVELLOUS PITA BREAD

HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE AND MARVELLOUS PITA BREAD

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup warm water 
  • 2 teaspoons yeast 
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil 

INSTRUCTIONS

1.    Form the Pita Dough: Mix the water and yeast together, and let sit for about five minutes until the yeast is dissolved. Add 2 1/2 cups of the flour (saving the last half cup for kneading), salt, and olive oil (if using). Stir until a shaggy dough is formed

2.    Knead the Dough: Sprinkle a little of the extra flour onto your clean work surface and turn out the dough. Knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes, until the dough is smooth.

3.    Let the Dough Rise: Clean a bowl and film it with a little olive oil. Set the dough in the bowl and turn it until it’s coated with oil. Cover with a clean dishcloth or plastic wrap and let the dough rise until it’s doubled in bulk, 1-2 hours.

4.    Divide the Pitas: Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and gently flatten each piece into a thick disk. Sprinkle the pieces with a little more flour and then cover them with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap until you’re ready to bake them.

5.    Shape the Pitas: Using a floured rolling pin, roll pieces into a circle 8-9 inches wide and about a quarter-inch thick. Sprinkle with a little extra flour if it’s starting to stick. If the dough starts to spring back, set it aside to rest for a few minutes, then continue rolling. Repeat with the other pieces of dough. 

6.    To Bake Pitas in the Oven: Heat the oven to 450°. Put it in the oven to heat. If you don’t have a baking stone, place a large baking sheet on the middle rack to heat. Place the rolled-out pitas directly on the baking stone or baking sheets, and bake for about 3 minutes. Cover baked pitas with a clean dishtowel while cooking any remaining pitas.

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