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Video:Pita Bread Recipe

with Natasha Levitan

When you bake it warm from the oven, this soft and yummy pita bread will be perfect for scooping up hummus or wrapping a tasty falafel sandwich. See how to make easy, homemade pita bread in your kitchen.See Transcript

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Transcript:Pita Bread Recipe

Hi! I'm Natasha Levitan for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to make pita bread.

What is Pita Bread?

Pita is a round, wheat flatbread made with yeast. Pita is traditional in many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. The original pita is cooked flat without any rising. This type, known as the Greek pita, is the most well known and universal type; others include the souvlaki, kebabs, and Indian pitas. Pita is used to scoop sauces or dips such as hummus and to wrap sandwiches like kebabs, gyros, or falafel.

Pita Bread Recipe Ingredients

You will need:
  • 1 package of yeast
  • 1 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar

Prepare the Pita Dough

First we need to activate the yeast. Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water. Add sugar and lightly stir until dissolved. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes until the water is frothy. Make a depression in your bowl of flour and pour in your yeast mixture.

Slowly add 1 cup of warm water and stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture is combined. Flour your working surface, place the dough and knead it for 10-15 minutes until it is elastic. Coat the large bowl with olive oil and place your kneaded dough. Turn the dough so it is also coated in oil. Place the bowl in a warm place to sit for 1 hour until the dough is doubled in size.

Shape the Pita Dough

Flour your working surface and roll out your dough in a shape of a rope. Cut the dough into 10-12 small pieces. Roll out each ball of dough with a floured rolling pin into circles about 5-6 inches and 1/4 inches thick.

Bake the Pita Bread

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F and place your rack at the bottom of the oven. Bake each circle for 4 minutes. When the bread puffs up, turn over and bake for 2 minutes on the other side. When the pita browns on the second side, remove the pita with a spatula and add additional for baking.

You can store pita bread in a pantry or bread box for a week and up to a month in a freezer

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