Today Dan and I made two different pita recipes. Neither of us had made pitas before and were pleasantly surprised with how easy they are to make.
Recipe # 1 from Under the Highchair
1 tablespoon yeast
1 ¼ cup warm water
1 teaspoon salt
3- 3 ½ cups flour
Dissolve yeast in water for about 5 minutes in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add salt and 1 ½ cups flour and with the dough hook, beat to make a batter. Add additional flour until a rough, shaggy mass is formed. Knead 8 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Add more flour if it is too sticky.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into six pieces for large pitas or ten for smaller. I make all sorts of sizes to suit different snacks and meals. Form dough into balls, then flatten with a rolling pin into ¼ inch thick discs. Try and keep an even thickness as this is what helps them ‘puff’.
Let rest on the floured surface 30-40 minutes until slightly puffed.
Preheat oven to 425F.
With a large spatula, flip the rounds of dough upside down on to a baking sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes until light golden. Stick around for the first five minutes of baking when the pitas perform their magic and puff up from flat pancakes to proud, four inch high pitas.
These store for up to two days well wrapped or frozen for three weeks.
Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos of this recipe because we ended up sprinkling them with cinnamon and brown sugar and eating them like chips. They were really good as chips and would work good as dippers for humus, spinach & artichoke dip, or any other dips.
The nice thing about this recipe was that it was super easy! This was the easiest yeast recipe that I’ve ever made, but I don’t think I’ll make this one again.
Recipe # 2 from Allrecipes
These required slightly more work than recipe #1, but they were awesome! I took them directly from the oven and put them in a pan covered with a damp dish towel. This made them nice and soft.
I can’t wait for the egg salad pita I plan on taking to work tomorrow!