The pita bread is a delicious and a healthy choice for all kind of sandwiches and can be made easily at home following a few simple steps. The pitas you make at home are more nutritious and fluffy giving you the perfect pita pockets.
Pita is a very simple mixture of water, flour, yeast and salt. The secret behind the puff of the pita bread is that yeast is activated by dissolving it in warm water and adding a little bit of sugar to it. You can make the pita bread either on the stovetop or the oven. The oven will help you give softer pita bread and the stovetop will help you get some tasty and crunchy spots on the dough. Pitas taste the best when eaten immediately and after cooking.
How to make the pita bread?
1 cup of warm water
2 teaspoon of yeast
2-3 cups of all purpose flour
2 teaspoon salt
1-2 teaspoon olive oil (optional)
1. Dissolve the yeast in ½ cup of warm water. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Let it sit for 15 minutes so that the yeast can be activated.
2. Combine the flour and the salt in a bowl.
3. Knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
4. Allow the dough to sit in a warm place for about 3 hours so that it can rise.
5. Once it is doubled in size, roll it into a roll shape form. Cut it into 10-12 small pieces.
6. Roll out each piece into thin slices. Make sure that you roll thin bread.
To bake pita in the oven: While you are shaping your pitas, heat the oven at 450 degrees. Place the pita bread directly on to the baking sheets and bake them for about 3 minutes. To bake pita on the stovetop: Drizzle a bit of oil in the pan and wipe of the excess. Lay out the rolled pita on the skillet and bake for 30 seconds, until you see the bubbles started forming up. Flip the pita and cook again for another 1-2 minutes to toast the other side.