Middle Eastern Pita Bread

The famous flatbread that allows you to make a sandwich in a pocket or an instant pizza is also used to make triangular crisps for dipping.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 2 hours 40 minutesDifficulty: Medium


Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 packet yeast
  • 3⁄4 cup warm water
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  • Combine yeast with the warm water and stir. Add olive oil and salt and mix again. Add 1 1⁄4 cups flour and combine with a wooden spoon. Add another 1⁄4 cup flour and mix with hands to form dough.
  • Knead dough on a floured board for 10 minutes, adding the remaining flour as needed to prevent sticking. (Use more flour if necessary to prevent sticking.)
  • Let dough rise covered in an oiled bowl for 1 1⁄2 hours in a warm place. Punch down dough and divide it into six pieces. Roll them into balls with your hands, cover, and let rest 5 minutes.
  • Roll the balls into 6-inch flat rounds on a floured board, cover, and let rest again for 15 minutes this time.
  • Preheat the oven to 500°F and place 2 pitas on a baking sheet pan. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and take the baked pitas off and put 2 more on the hot pan. Bake them in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes (the preheated pan will make the baking time less. Repeat with the remaining 2 rounds.