Pita Bread Recipe

Dreaming about making pitas at home for ages or just driven by a sudden impulse to glorify the day? These pita breads will please both!

As I currently have some time, I had been browsing on the internet yesterday. On the lookout for fresh, interesting ideas, inspiring dishes that I have never tried before, to astonish my family with. Looking for quite some time unfortunately could not discover any interesting stuff. Right before I thought to give up on it, I came across this delightful and simple dessert simply by chance. The dessert looked so delightful on its photos, it required quick actions.

It had been not so difficult to imagine just how it’s made, its taste and how much my hubby is going to love it. Mind you, it is rather easy to keep happy the guy when it comes to puddings. Yes, I’m a lucky one. Or perhaps he is.Anyways, I went to the blog: Suncakemom and then followed the comprehensive instuctions that were accompanied by great images of the task. It just makes life much simpler. I could imagine that it’s a bit of a effort to shoot snap shots in the middle of baking in the kitchen because you will often have sticky hands so I genuinely appreciate the time and energy she placed in to build this post and recipe conveniently implemented.

Having said that I am empowered to present my own, personal recipe in a similar fashion. Many thanks the concept.

I was fine tuning the initial mixture to make it for the taste of my family. I’ve got to say it was a great success. They enjoyed the flavour, the overall look and enjoyed having a delicacy such as this in the middle of a lively week. They basically requested lots more, a lot more. So next time I’m not going to commit the same mistake. I am gonna double the quantity to keep them happy.

This Pita Bread was provided to us by SunCakeMom

Starter dough

Mix water, flour and a bit of fresh yeast in an airtight container. Close the lid and put it in the fridge for 6 hours. This step is optional and can be skipped entirely.

Pita dough

Measure flour, yeast, salt, olive oil and water. Add dough starter too if used.

Knead it together until a uniform sticky dough forms. We need to have a relatively moist somewhat sticky dough.

Lightly rub the dough with oil to prevent it from drying out.

Cover it then place it to a 68°F – 81°F /20°C – 27°C corner to rise for about 45 – 90 minutes. With a bit of luck and right temperature, it will double in size.

Take the dough out, cut it in two then gently form two logs out of them. Try not to press much air out of the dough. This step is only necessary to help us make similar pitas. If size is not important, this step can be skipped.

Cut up the dough into equal pieces. Our favorite size is about 2 oz / 60g.

Roll them gently into balls. In doubt how to roll the dough? Check out: How to roll bread roll No.1

On a heavily floured surface roll them out into 6″/ 14 cm diameter discs. Make sure they don’t stick while rolling them out.

Place the rolled out discs onto a floured surface. Optionally sprinkle some water on top to prevent them to dry out, cover them with a kitchen towel then place them to a 68°F – 81°F /20°C – 27°C corner to rise for 30 minutes.

Not many of us is capable to shovel down 20 pitas in a day. Rub oil on the unused dough and in an airtight container, put them into the fridge for another day.

Heat up a non-stick or even better cast iron skillet medium to high. Too high temperature will scorch the pita creating holes where the water vapor can escape instead of puffing up our pitas. Place the pita upside down onto the hot skillet. In about 30 – 60 seconds bubbles should appear on the top of the dough.

We should be good to flip the pita over. When we try to lift the pita with a spatula and feel resistance, carefully try to separate the dough from the skillet without tearing. Consider lowering the heat or sprinkling flour on top of the dough before flipping it into the skillet.

With a bit of luck our dough should start puffing up in 1 – 2 minutes.

If it doesn’t puff up, try to find the hole where the vapor escapes and pressing on it with the spatula. It won’t be perfectly round but it will be just as tasty as the others.

Place the pitas under a kitchen towel until serving to prevent them from drying out.

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