I didn’t think it was possible, but it IS VERY possible to make perfect homemade pita…on the first try.
I got this recipe while randomly doing some “research” on Pinterest (http://www.frugalfamilyhome.com/food/recipes/pita-pocket-bread-recipe)…super simple and sure to impress those who doubt – you know who you are ;0)
What you need:
– 1 tablespoon Yeast
– 1 tablespoon Sugar
– 1/2 cup Warm Water (about 120 degrees – very important as water over 130 degrees can kill the Yeast)
– 2 teaspoons Salt
– 1/3 cup Milk
– 2 cups Hot Water (about 130 to 140 degrees)
– 6 cups Flour (bread flour preferred but not necessary)
Mix the Yeast, Sugar and Warm Water in a small bowl and stir to dissolveolve the Yeast and Sugar completely. Set it aside for about 5-10 minutes as it rises.
In a larger bowl, mix the milk, salt and hot water together. Then add the Yeast mixture (will be foamy) and stir to combine all.
Add the Flour, one or two cups at a time and mix well. When you get the the last two cups, you will need to start mixing it with your hands aka “kneading dough.” You don’t want the dough to be sticky, so feel free to add Flour as needed and knead for about 5-8 minutes.
Cover the dough with a clean towel and set aside for 30 minutes to rise.
Punch down the dough and make 1/2 cup dough balls (will be about 12-15 total) while spacing them evenly across a cookie sheet.
Cover the dough balls and allow them to rise for another 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 500 degrees. It is important that your oven is truly 500 degrees in order for the bread to puff properly and it is recommended to use a baking stone. I used a cookie sheet and the pita turned out fantastic – either way works at the end of the day.
After the dough balls have risen, roll two to three balls in the shape of an oval on a floured surface and place them on a cookie sheet/baking stone.
Bake the pitas for about 4-5 minutes or until they are puffed. You will not want them to brown as they will have a cracker-like consistency.
After removing the pita from the oven, place in a kitchen towel to deflate and cool. Cut in half and enjoy with your favorite hummus!
Guests for the evening – Patrick and Victoria – AND a special appearance was made by the notorious food bandit, Ashur Michael.