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Pita bread is a flatbread common in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. You can do so much with pita: stuff it, make a sandwich, use it with your souvlaki, dip it in your hummus, etc.
Prep Time: 5 mins.
Total Time: 2 hrs.
1 cup Warm Water
2 tsp. Active Dry Yeast (1 package)
1 tsp. Granulated Sugar
3 c. AP Flour, divided
1 Tbsp. EVOO
1 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
1. Place a pizza stone or large cast iron skillet in your oven and preheat to 500°.
2. In a large bowl, combine warm water, yeast, and sugar and stir until dissolved.
3. Stir in ½ cup flour and let sit for 15 minutes, until mixture foams.
4. Add oil, salt, and 2 cups flour (reserving ½ cup) and stir with a wooden spoon until a shaggy mass forms.
5. Dust a clean surface with some of reserved flour and knead until smooth and elastic, about 7 minutes, adding more of the reserved flour if the dough is too sticky. Dough should be soft and moist. (You can cover the dough and let rest 10 minutes if you need a rest from kneading.)
6. Place dough in a clean large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place until dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
7. Lightly dust a clean surface with flour. Punch down dough and turn it out onto surface. Divide dough into 8 pieces and roll into balls. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let rest 10 minutes.
8. Working one at a time, roll each round into a ¼” – thick circle about 8” wide, sprinkling dough with extra flour if it starts to stick.
9. Working as quickly as possible, open your oven and place as many pitas that will fit on your skillet or stone without touching. Let bake until an air pocket balloons and the pita begins to brown (~3 to 5 min.). Repeat with remaining rounds.
10. Cover baked pitas with a clean kitchen towel to keep warm.
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