I’ve seen a lot of bloggers out there recently baking homemade pita bread, naan, and flatbreads. I, of course, had to give this a try… I followed recipes and tips from The Kitchn and other bloggers to form what I believe is the best way to make homemade pita bread. Now all you need is hummus!! Sticking to the homemade theme, follow the link to my homemade spinach hummus.
Homemade Pita Bread
1 cup warm water (around 105°F-120°F)
2 teaspoons active dry or instant yeast
2 1/2 – 3 cups bread flour (all-purpose flour works too)
2 teaspoons salt
1-2 teaspoons olive oil
1. Start by mixing the water and the yeast together. Let sit for about five minutes, or until the yeast has dissolved. Add in 2 1/2 cups of the flour, salt, and olive oil. Stir until a shaggy dough is formed.
2. Sprinkle extra flour on your clean work surface and turn out the dough. Knead for about 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. You can also use a stand mixer on low-speed for 8 minutes, using the dough hook. As needed, add more flour to keep the dough from sticking, but try not to use too much.
3. Clean the original bowl you used and film it with a little olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl and turn it until it’s completely coated with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until it has doubled, about 1-2 hours.
4. Deflate the dough and turn it onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and flatten them into thick disks. Let rest for 10-15 minutes.
5. Using a floured rolling pin, roll each piece into a circle about 8 inches wide and a quarter-inch thick. Make sure to lift and turn the dough as you roll to make sure it doesn’t stick. Let rest for about 20 minutes.
6. As the dough rests, preheat oven to 500°F, place your baking sheet on the middle rack to heat.
7. Once the oven is preheated, place the pitas (as many will fit) directly on the baking sheet top side down. Bake for about 3-4 minutes. The pita will start to puff up after about a minute or two and is done when it has fully puffed up. While cooking remaining pitas, cover baked pitas with a clean dishtowel. Note: some pitas will not puff up but will still be just as tasty!
Enjoy with hummus or your favorite dip! Store leftover pitas in a zip lock bag.
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