Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Homemade Pita

Ok so I have been hoarding pictures for weeks now and I'm finally getting around to posting them. Last week I wanted to have something greek-ish for dinner so I made homemade pita bread. It was super simple and delicious. I have made this recipe before and it is tried and true:
 1 c. warm water
3 c. AP flour
2 t. salt
1 T. Oil (Olive or Vegetable)
1.5 t. sugar
1.5 t. Dry Active Yeast

The method is also very simple. Measure out all of your ingredients. Combine water, oil, yeast, sugar and salt in one bowl. Lets stand for 8 minutes. Mix flour into the liquid mixture and turn out onto a floured surface. Knead into a ball, pictured above, cut into portions, 6 to 8 smaller balls. Roll dough out into circles and cover with a damp towel, or plastic wrap for about 30 to 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 500. Once the dough has risen a little remove the towel, lightly brush with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and place the circles of dough in the oven, on a sheet tray, or directly on the rack. Bake for six to ten minutes until the pita has puffed up and is starting to brown.
Remove from oven and allow to cool, cut in half, split pita down the center and enjoy

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