Pita bread is a round shaped unique bread consumed in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. The bread is exceptionally done creating a pocket in pita bread with steam which puffs up the dough when cooked. As the bread cools and flattens, a pocket is left in the middle. Some recipes suggest fillings for this packet.
- 1 packet yeast
- 1 1/4 cups warm water
- 3 cups white or wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Pour the packet of yeast in the warm water and stir until dissolved, roughly two minutes.
- Allow the yeast to activate, setting it aside for three to five minutes.
- Then, mix the flour and sugar together in a separate bowl.
- Alternate pouring the yeast mixture and oil into the flour mixture.
- Stir slowly until the dough forms.
- Place dough onto a flat, floured surface.
- Separate the dough into four to six separate pieces, depending upon how many pieces of pita bread and the size of the bread you prefer.
- Roll each piece of dough into a ball and allow it to sit out in the open, room-temperature air to rise slightly for 15 to 20 minutes.
- While dough is rising, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Knead each piece of bread thoroughly and then roll out each piece into a flat, circular form.
- Put each piece of rolled dough onto a baking stone or sheet.
- Then bake the bread for five to seven minutes or until very lightly browned.
- Allow bread to slightly cool prior to serving or using it as an ingredient for a tasty sandwich or gourmet pizza.