Recipe 4: Home Made Pita Bread

Oh. My. Goodness. Have you ever made your own bread? It tastes divine. Bread comes in millions of forms, and some are extremely difficult to bake yourself. However, some are extremely easy, even though they might take a little time. Pita bread is one of those sorts of bread, and I created an amazing recipe based on that of foodwishes.com. One I would love to share with you! To get an idea, here is Chef John's video recipe:



What do you need?
  • 2 packages/tbsp of yeast
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1.5-2.5 cups of flour
  • 1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 tbsp salt
How to make it?
  1. Put the yeast in a medium or large bowl, and add warm water. Make sure it is not boiling hot, because you will kill the yeast, and your dough will not rise. Also make sure it is not too cold or lukewarm, for the water needs to be quite warm in order to activate the yeast. Give the water and yeast a quick stir, and mix only one cup of flour in. When nearly all lumps disappeared, set the bowl aside, covered with a dry kitchen towel. Let rise in a warm place for about 15 minutes. When little bubbles appear on the surface of the yeast mixture, you know you are ready to take the next step. It should look a little like this:
  2. Now it is time to mix the olive oil and salt in, until just incorporated.
  3. If you have a mixer with a dough hook, you are lucky. If not, you are going to develop quite some muscles tonight. Add one more cup of flour, and start mixing this into the yeast mixture. Gradually add the rest of the flour, but make sure it does not get too dry. On the picture below you can see that mine was actually too wet still.
  4. Let rise for one to two hours. Mine was doubled in size after just one hour, and it looked like this:
  5. Now it is time to divide the dough into equal pieces. I decided to make 8 pieces, as Chef John did, but to be honest I wish I made smaller ones, cause these were quite large. It all depends on what you prefer! Make little balls out of the dough, and let it rest for another 30 minutes.
  6. After the balls have rested, take one from under the cloth, and roll out until it had the thickness and size you prefer. In the meanwhile, heat up a pan and grease it just a little. You do not want to fry your bread. 
  7. When the pan is hot, put the piece of bread into it, and bake for 2-4 minutes on each side. You could actually place two pieces into a pan if that fits. While you are waiting for your bread to bake, roll out the next piece(s). It is important to keep the next ones under the cloth, as you do not want the dough to dry out.
  8. You really want air to come into your pita bread. My dough was a bit too sticky, so I only got a couple small airpockets, but in Chef John's video you can see what it really is supposed to look like! I really recommend watching it before making these.
  9. You know you have made a good pita bread when it separates easily when you cut it open.
This recipe might be time consuming, but it is not very difficult. Everyone could make it! Enjoy this lovely bread, and I wish you all the best for the coming year!

Liefs,

Debs.

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