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Pita Bread

Pita Bread

Pita Bread

Pita breads are commonly used in Greek and Lebanese cuisine. You usually spread some dips on the pita bread and then add toppings like salad, meat or falafels to your liking. Today we are sharing our easy to follow homemade pita bread recipe. 

We love having pita breads filled with salad and souvlaki, and  a generous amount of Tzatziki and Baba Ganoush spread on it. Another tasty dip that goes well with pita bread is hummus.

 

Can you use pita dough as a pizza base?

Yes you can, and the great thing about homemade pita bread is that you make your own dough you can substitute the flour to your own dietary needs, for example; gluten free flour.

 

In our recipe, we have used Kosher salt because the size of the crystals are ideal for drawing out moisture and it has a gentler salty taste than normal salt.

When making pita bread, we mix the sugar together with the dry yeast and warm water. The sugar activates the yeast; this is what makes your dough rise. Once you have added the flour and kneaded the dough, then you let it rest. We recommend that you find a warm place at your place and let the dough rise for about one hour.

Be mindful of the heat when you cook them. You must stay with your pan while they are cooking. They can burn very quickly. 

Now let’s get to the recipe in detail.

 

What ingredients do you need to make Pita Bread?

1 cup      Warm water

2 tsp       Active dry yeast

1 tsp         Granulated sugar

3 cups      All-purpose flour, divided

3 tbsp      Extra-virgin olive oil

1 and 1/2 tsp   Kosher salt

 

Ingredients PITA Bread

Instructions to make Pita Bread in a pan

 

Step 1

In a large bowl, combine warm water, yeast, and sugar and stir until dissolved. Stir in ½ cup flour and let sit for 15 minutes, until the mixture foams. You can see this when tiny bubbles start to form in the mixture. This is important as formation of the bubbles means that your yeast is active. If the bubbles aren’t forming you may have to get a new batch of yeast and restart.

Step 2

Add oil, salt, and 2 cups flour (keep the remaining ½ cup for later) and stir with a wooden spoon until a shaggy mass forms. Dust a clean surface with some reserved flour and knead until smooth and elastic, this should take about 7 minutes. Keep adding more of the remaining flour if the dough is too sticky. The dough should be soft and moist.

Soft and Moist dough ready to rest

 

Step 3

Place the dough in a clean large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave it to rest in a warm place such as near the stovetop, until the dough has doubled in size. This will take about 1 hour.

Cooking tip: Make sure the area you leave your dough in is not cold and is free from draft.

Step 4

Lightly dust your clean working bench surface with flour. Flatten the dough and turn it out onto the surface. Divide dough into 8 pieces and roll into balls. Cover them with a towel or plastic wrap and let it rest for about 10 minutes.

Step 5

Working one at a time, roll each round ball  into a ¼” inch thick circle about 8” inch wide, sprinkling dough with extra flour if it starts to stick.  Lay them on a large platter or cutting board being mindful that they don’t touch each other as they will stick to each other and that is not fun.

Rolled out pita bread ready to cook

Step 6

Now it’s time to cook your pita bread. Working as quickly as possible, take a fry pan on medium to high heat. Add Olive Oil and cook one 1 pita at a time. Put 1 pita in and once you see air pocket balloons and the pita begins to brown flip it over using a spatula and cook for 1 to 3 minutes. Be mindful of the heat as it may burn your pita bread very quickly. Repeat with the remaining ones. 

Cover baked pitas with a clean kitchen towel to keep warm and enjoy with dips, salads or meat of your choice. Even better idea is to enjoy with a souvlaki!

Pita bread ready

 

 

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Pita Bread

January 22, 2021
: 8
: 1 hr 15 min
: 30 min
: 1 hr 45 min
: Medium

Pita breads are commonly used in Greek and Lebanese cuisine. You usually spread some dips on the pita and then add toppings like salad and meat or falafels to your liking.

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup Warm water
  • 2 tsp Active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp Granulated sugar
  • 3 cups All-purpose flour, divided
  • 3 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 abd 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, combine warm water, yeast, and sugar and stir until dissolved. Stir in ½ cup flour and let sit for 15 minutes, until mixture foams. You can see this when tiny bubbles start to form in the mixture.
  • Step 2 Add oil, salt, and 2 cups flour (reserving ½ cup) and stir with a wooden spoon until a shaggy mass forms. Dust a clean surface with some reserved flour and knead until smooth and elastic, this should take about 7 minutes, adding more of the reserved flour if the dough is too sticky. Dough should be soft and moist. (You can cover the dough and let rest for 10 minutes if you need a rest from kneading).
  • Step 3 Place dough in a clean large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour. Cooking tip 1! Make sure the area you leave your dough in is not cold and is free from draft.
  • Step 4 Lightly dust your clean working bench surface with flour. Punch down dough and turn it out onto the surface. Divide dough into 8 pieces and roll into balls. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Step 5 5Working one at a time, roll each round ball into a ¼”-thick circle about 8” wide, sprinkling dough with extra flour if it starts to stick. Once each ball is rolled out, lay them on a large platter or cutting board being mindful that they don’t touch each other as they will stick to each other and that is not fun.
  • Step 6 Working as quickly as possible, in a fry pan add Olive Oil and cook one pita bread at a time. Put in one pita bread at a time, and once the pita bread balloons and air pockets forms turn your pita bread over using a spatula or tongs. The pita bread should have a nice brown colour, this should take about 1 to 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining ones.
  • Step 7 Cover baked pitas with a clean kitchen towel to keep warm and enjoy as you wish.

 

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