Friday, September 5, 2014

Pita Bread

Pita bread is one of the most popular Mediterranean bread and it is very easy to make. It is leavened bread that requires a very hot oven to help the bread puff up.


I had always wanted to make pita bread as my family loves it. My initial plan was to use my sourdough starter to leaven the bread but changed my mind as I forgot to feed it. I plan on making a version with my starter soon. Homemade fresh pita bread tasted so good with all the other accompaniments. I have so many recipes for which I use pita bread. I usually used store bought bread but now I don't have to.

Recipe adapted from here

You will need for 8 pita
3 cups strong white flour
1 tbsp. sugar or honey
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. instant yeast
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups water

Sift the flour into a mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, yeast, salt and oil. Add the water and form a dough. If needed add up to a fourth of a cup of water. Knead well until the dough is elastic and soft. Cover and keep aside for an hour and a half or until it doubles in size. Transfer to a floured work surface and divide into eight equal portions. Smooth out each portion into round ball. Cover and let them rest for another 20 minutes.


Preheat oven to 450 F. Place an inverted baking sheet in the oven while it heats. If you have a baking stone you can use that instead. Flour the working surface lightly and roll out one portion to a disc using a rolling pin.


Place the rolled out pita on the hot baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 3 minutes. It should puff up. If you like them brown turn over and bake another couple of minutes. Take the pita bread out of the oven and cool on a rack for a minute. Place in an airtight container to keep it soft.


Repeat for all the other portions of dough.

9 comments:

  1. Now this is a perfectly done pita..full marks on this. Bookmarking right away since I am not happy with what I made.

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  2. I was surprised you have not made these yet, anyway you have got these pita bread so nicely done.

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  3. Oh, you made homemade pita after all. I misread on the main post. Waiting to see your sourdough starter pita bread.

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  4. this must be a breeze for you...assuming for me this recipe always works...

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  5. Homemade pita bread is so easy to make and nothing can beat the taste of freshly made ones.

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  6. homemade pita has been on my to do list for such a long time yours came our perfect

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  7. Looks perfect Varada, This has been on my to do list for a long time...

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  8. I have tried them on stove-top varada, must try in oven sometimes! Looks soft n puffy!!

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  9. I have tried stove top but need to try this oven one sometime soon. Love the soft fluffy breads.

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