Homemade Pita Bread

Pita Bread, ready to roll!!

Pita bread is easy to make and so tasty. It is also fun to watch the bread puff up as it bakes. We made some in bread class this week.

One of my favorite memories from a cooking camp involves pita bread. We were making it in camp that day. Two little boys sat in front of the oven, watching the bread puff up. They were so excited. This is a fun bread to make with kids.

Although the recipe calls for placing the rolled out dough directly on the oven rack, I sometimes place the dough on baking sheets in the oven. Just a little easier and neater. I put the pans in the oven to heat up before using.

If the pita doesn’t puff up, it will still taste wonderful. For better success, make nice smooth balls of dough. The more careful you are when rolling out the dough- the better your odds of a good puff. Roll pretty thin, use enough flour on the board, and try not to tear the dough when rolling out.

You can add some whole wheat flour, if you like. The dough pictured is a mix. I added about 2 cups of whole wheat flour to the dough, in place of some of the white flour. I also made a batch with just white flour.

Pita Bread

 4 ½- 4 ¾ c. flour, you can use some whole wheat flour

1 pkt. Active dry yeast

1 ½ t. sugar

1 ½ t. salt

1 ¾ c. water

2 T. oil

In large bowl combine 2 cups of the flour with other dry ingredients. Heat water and oil to 120-130 degrees (warm) and add to flour mixture in bowl beating until smooth. Beat three minutes then begin stirring in enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Cover dough with plastic wrap and then a towel and let rest on board 20 minutes. Punch dough down and divide into 12 pieces. Shape each into a smooth ball and place on board, allowing space in between. Cover and let rise 30 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees. Roll dough balls into circles. Place 3 circles at a time directly on oven rack. They will puff up and brown in about three minutes. Remove to rack to cool and repeat with remaining dough. Makes 12.

Fresh baked pita bread
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