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Danielle's Perfect Pita Bread

There is no good reason to suffer through chewing tough store-bought pita bread when making it yourself is this good and this easy. Try this recipe and see what you've been missing!
Course: Bread, Quick & Easy
Keyword: pita bread, vegan
Servings: 6 pitas
Calories: 243kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 ounce water warm, filtered (1 1/4 cups by volume)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 package/1/4 ounce)
  • 4 1/2 oz whole wheat bread flour 1 cup by volume
  • 9 oz bread flour 2 cups by volume, plus more for kneading and rolling dough
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (optional - in fact, I no longer add this to the recipe)

Instructions

  • Add warm water and sugar to a clean bowl. Stir to dissolve.
  • Sprinkle yeast over the top of the sugar water and lightly stir until all the particles are wet. It should become frothy within three to ten minutes. If it doesn't, the yeast is bad. Throw out your mixture and begin anew with fresh yeast.
  • Once the mixture is frothy, stir in salt. Next stir in the whole wheat flour and the bread flour. With a large wooden spoon or a Danish dough whisk, stir until all ingredients are combined.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured bread board or countertop and knead for five minutes, or until dough is somewhat elastic. It should be tacky but not sticky, nor should it be dry.
  • Transfer to a clean bowl with one teaspoon olive oil (optional). Roll the dough in the olive oil to coat the entire surface. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in size, about thirty minutes.
  • While the dough is rising, place a large pizza stone or clay baking stone into a cool oven. Preheat to 450º. A large clay stone is desirable for making flatbread because your oven then behaves more like a hot, clay tandoori oven such as you might find in good Indian restaurants. If you don't have a baking stone, you can use a cookie sheet in the same way.
  • After the oven has reached 450º and the dough has doubled in size, deflate the dough and divide into six pieces. Roll each of them into a ball, dusting with a little flour to prevent sticking.
  • Take one of the balls and flatten it out on a floured surface. Roll to create a six-inch to eight-inch disk between 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch. Repeat with remaining dough balls. Cover with a clean cloth or plastic wrap until ready to use to prevent drying out. Allow to rest ten minutes before baking.
  • Transfer one of the disks to your open palm. Open the oven and slap it onto the baking stone or cookie sheet taking care NOT to touch the stone or any hot surface in the oven. Let it sit for a few seconds before moving it toward the rear of the stone with a spatula.
  • The number you can do at one time will be entirely dependent on how large your baking stone is. I have a large round stone which will allow me to prepare three or four at a time. Since this recipe makes six pitas, it is convenient to make three at a time.
  • The bread will puff up into balloon shapes. (Occasionally one will burst before completing the baking process or will not rise at all. This is normal and to be expected. They will taste just as good as the ones that rise and will perform equally well as sandwich pockets, pita wedges, or for any purpose requiring pita bread.)
  • Cook for about four minutes, then remove with tongs or with a large spatula. Don't wait for the pitas to brown because they may become too crisp!
  • Cool on a wire rack while you make the remaining pitas. These will make perfect pockets for sandwiches or to use as flatbread for dips and appetizers.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

It is always better to weigh ingredients rather than use volume measurements. Depending on how densely packed your flour is, you can come up with amounts that are not very reliable. Even measuring cups can vary slightly, so it is best to weigh everything if you can, even water. Since publishing this video, I've also gotten into the habit of weighing my dough then dividing it by how many pitas I plan to make. Doing this will make each pita the same size, providing a satisfying uniform presentation.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 393mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 4g | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1.2mg