Breads

Pita Bread

Making your own pita bread will make you wonder why you haven’t always done it. ┬áNothing and I mean nothing can compare. It does take a little planning ahead, but it’s so worth it.

 

Pita Bread

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By Liz Serves: 10
Prep Time: 45 min Cooking Time: 30 min

This delicious recipe uses a little bit of whole wheat flour to give the pita more depth of flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg Active Dry Yeast (make sure you get this kind and not the Instant kind)
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Warm Water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups Bread Flour
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour

Instructions

1

In the bowl that you use for your electric mixer, add the yeast, sugar, and warm water. Stir them together with a spoon until the yeast is dissolved completely.

2

Let the mixture sit for about 5-8 minutes until it gets foamy.

3

Add the salt, this is important, don't forget this step.

4

Add the dough hook attachment to your mixer

5

Once your mixer is ready to go with the dough hook, turn your mixer is on the lowest speed and then add the whole wheat flour.

6

Then start to add the bread flour a little at a time, until all of the flour has been incorporated and the dough gathers into one ball.

7

Plop the dough ball onto a floured surface and knead by hand until it's smooth. (About 8 minutes.) When you pat the dough, it should feel like you are patting a baby's butt.

8

Grease a large bowl with olive oil.

9

Put the smooth dough into the oiled bowl and cover it with a damp towel.

10

Put the covered bowl in a warm spot and let it rise until double in size, should take about 1 1/2 hours.

11

Take the dough out of the bowl and place it back on the flat surface.

12

Divide the dough evenly into 10 pieces, and make each piece into a ball and line them up in rows on the flat surface.

13

Cover all 10 balls with a damp towel and let them rest for about 15 minutes.

14

Roll each dough ball into a 6-inch circle that is 1/4-inch thick with a rolling pin.

15

Cover the circles with the damp towel after you make them.

16

Heat a cast iron pan to medium high on your stove top.

17

Cook each pita dough circle, one at a time on the cast iron pan.

18

Let the pita cook for about 3 minutes and then flip over and cook for another 1-2 minutes. The bread should puff up while on the pan. It will deflate when you take it off the heat.

19

As each pita is done cooking, put them in a bowl or basket that is lined with a towel and put another towel on top of the bowl to cover it and keep the pitas warm.

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