I never thought that I will ever make Pita Bread at home but it’s so simple to make and tastes so good when it comes out hot from the oven that I have to wonder why I never made it before 😉
|Preparation Time:||2-3 hours|
|Maida (all purpose flour)||600 gm|
|Extra Virgin Olive Oil||1 tsp|
- Mix yeast, 1/2 tsp sugar and a pinch of salt in 3.5 tbsp of lukewarm water. Make sure that there are no lumps. Leave it for 15 min.
- Yeast will become frothy in about 15 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl, take flour, 1 tsp of salt and a pinch of sugar. Add yeast mixture and about 340 ml of water. Knead the dough. Dough should be softer than the roti dough and slightly sticky. Dab it with the olive oil.
- Cover the dough and let it rest for an hour or two. Dough would rise and become double in size.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Punch down the dough and knead it for a few minutes. It should not be sticky. Divide the dough in 10 equal parts.
- Take each dough ball and roll it with the help of a rolling pin to about 6 inches in diameter. Use very little dry flour while rolling the dough otherwise the pita will become dry.
- Place the rolled dough on a baking tray and put it in the oven.
- Pita will puff up very quickly. If you want to make pita pockets, take it out as soon as it puffs up. If you want to eat it with a dip, brown it a little.
- Salt works as a stabilizer while working the yeast. This prevents the yeast to become too active and reduces the yeast smell in the dough.