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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SERVES 6
INGREDIENTS

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

METHOD

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.

STEP 1
Make medium-sized balls from the dough.

STEP 2
Dust your work surface with flour and roll each ball into rough circles. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.

STEP 3
Roll the dough circles to about 15cm in diameter and about ½ cm thick.

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

STEP 5
Place the pitta breads on a greased baking tray.

STEP 6
Bake for 7 to 10 minutes until puffed up and light brown.

 

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