Brazilian Pita Bread (Pão Sírio)

Brazilians enjoy Middle Eastern food, and pita bread is especially popular for sandwiches.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 1 hourDifficulty: Medium


Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups warm water
  • 4 tsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt

Directions

  • Place the water and sugar in a large bowl and sprinkle the yeast over the water. Set aside for 5 minutes. Add the flour, olive oil, and salt to the bowl and mix well, kneading until it becomes a smooth dough.
  • Divide the dough into 8 pieces and roll each piece into a smooth ball. Place balls on a floured surface. Allow dough to rest for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly oil a large baking sheet.
  • Working on a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece of dough into a 6" circle. Set aside.
  • Place baking sheet in the hot oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and place rounds of dough onto the baking sheet (bake in batches, if necessary). Bake until puffed and lightly browned, about 10–15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
  • If saving breads for later use, place them in a plastic bag while they are still fairly warm, which will help to keep them soft and pliable.