Why would anyone want to make pita at home? Well. I did! I did not want to go to the store to buy some & have had a recipe for pita for a while so I decided to give it a try! It was so quick, easy & very good@
The ingredients are simple, the dough is mixed up & kneaded for 5 minutes…I used my mix master but simple to do it by hand since this isn’t much dough…then the dough rises for 1 hour. Once it has risen, the dough is divided evenly into 6 pieces. Each piece is rolled into a 6 inch round then cooked in a hot pan… for a total of about 2 1/2 minutes! The hot pita is wrapped in a clean kitchen towel so the steam from the pita keeps them soft.
While the pita was cooking it bubbled up so beautifully. They flattened as they cooled. We ate them a few hours after I had made the pita, & they were a bit hard already…but still delicious. I am going to warm the leftovers up before eating them, most likely quickly in the microwave…only about 10 seconds or even in a toaster…but not to toast!
Anyway… I really don’t think that I am going to buy pita anymore! This was just so simple.. While the dough is rising I made the rest of dinner….
The recipe is from the view from great island.com How to Make Perfect Pita Bread Every Time…..Here is the link to the recipe
I did not change anything about this recipe since I had not made it before I would not have known what to change! But I would not change it anyway:)))
Here is the recipe from the view from the great island
Makes 6 pita breads
1 cup warm water…about 100f
2 tsp active dry yeast
1 tbsp olive oil for the dough…you will need some for coating the dough before it rises & for the pan
2 tsp salt
3 cups flour… don’t pack the flour when you are measuring it… the recipe says t o fluff the flour before scooping and levelling it in the measuring spoon…I just did not push it down when I levelled it…
Have these things ready….you will need a skillet & a some tongs to turn the pita in the pan…also a clean dish towel to put the pita in when it comes out of the pan
- Put the warm water into a bowl…if you are using your mixer put the water into that bowl..or into a regular bowl if you are making this by hand *** I used the dough hook on my mixer
- Sprinkle the yeast over top of the water & let sit for about 5 minutes
- Add the oil & salt to the bowl & mix
- Mix in the flour until it is combined with the wet ingredients
- Now, knead the dough for 5 minutes until it is smooth
- Coat the dough with oil & put it into a bowl to rise. I used the mixing bowl…
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap & a clean towel & set it in a warm place for 1 hour, it will double in size
- Put the dough onto a floured work surface & divide it in half. Cut each half into equal thirds so you have 6 pieces
- The recipe recommends taking each piece & rolling it into a ball so it is easy to roll it into rounds, which I did
- Each round will be rolled into a 6 inch round. (I rolled one, cooked it then rolled another one while the first one was cooking…but then I just rolled the remaining pieces of dough into the rounds & had them beside the skillet)
- Heat a skillet .. I used a cast iron pan…. on medium high until it is hot….as the recipe recommended…. I had my heat turned to number 5.. I have a gas cooktop
- Oil the pan lightly…you might only need to do this for the first pita…my second pita burned a bit so I oiled my pan lightly for each one using a pastry brush..which melted actually so if you have a silicone brush that might be better!!!
- Put the rolled dough into the hot pan.. cook for about 30 seconds.. until you see bubbles to form or lumps ….Flip the pita over & cook for 1 minute…then flip it over again & cook for the final minute
- Remove the pita from the pan & wrap it in the clean kitchen towel you have ready.
- Cook each round the same way & just stack them on top of each other in the towel
- These can be stored in a ziplock bag