Recipe: How to Make Pitta Bread

A step by step guide to making this Middle Eastern accompaniment
ByJasmine BandaliMonday , 17 August 2015
Recipe: How to Make Pitta Bread
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3 cups whole-wheat flour
1 and ¼ cup warm water, divided
½ tbsp dried active yeast
1 ½ tbsp olive oil
½ tbsp salt
A pinch of sugar


1 Place ½ cup of warm water into a small bowl. Add the sugar and then the yeast. Stir to combine and set aside for about 10 to 15 minutes at room temperature. 
2 In a second larger bowl, combine the rest of the warm water with the flour, salt and olive oil with a wooden spoon.
3 When the yeast is frothy, add the mixture to the flour bowl. Knead into a soft, smooth dough.
4 Take a little olive oil in your hand and apply evenly over the dough. Grease the bowl lightly too. Place the dough into the bowl, cover with clingfilm or a kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 to 1 ½ hours. 
5 Preheat the oven to 200C.
6 Once the dough has doubled in size, remove the dough from the bowl.
7 Place the dough on your working surface and knead gently.

Make medium-sized balls from the dough.

Dust your work surface with flour and roll each ball into rough circles. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Roll the dough circles to about 15cm in diameter and about ½ cm thick.

Cover the circles with a kitchen towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes. 

Place the pitta breads on a greased baking tray.

Bake for 7 to 10 minutes until puffed up and light brown.


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