Pita Bread Recipe

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Soft and slightly chewy, this homemade version of the popular pocket bread is surprisingly easy to make, and it tastes so good whether eaten plain or filled with a variety of sandwich ingredients.
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  • 1/2 ounce fresh yeast
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 1/4 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Container:large bowl, medium bowl, 2 baking sheets
2 hrs
5 mins
  • In a large bowl, mix the fresh yeast with the lukewarm water (use a wooden spoon for mixing because metal utensils may react with the yeast) and allow it to sit for 5 or 6 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, blend the flour and the salt.
  • After the yeast has sat for the appropriate time, add the extra-virgin olive oil and stir (again, using a wooden spoon).
  • In small increments, stir the flour and salt mixture into the yeast and olive oil mixture.
  • Knead the dough in the bowl with a wooden spoon until it is soft.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface for several minutes until it is smooth and elastic.
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover it with oiled plastic wrap, and allow it to rise for 50 to 60 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • After the dough has risen, punch it down and transfer it to a floured surface.
  • Divide the dough into 6 pieces and form the pieces into balls. Allow the balls of dough to rest for 5 minutes on the floured surface.
  • Flatten the dough balls with a rolling pin. Form the dough into rounds or ovals about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cover the dough with oiled plastic wrap and proof it for 30 minutes.
  • In a preheated 450°F oven, preheat two ungreased baking sheets. Note: It is very important that the oven and baking sheets be heated thoroughly before baking the bread. The hot temperature prevents the dough from sticking to the ungreased baking sheets.
  • When the baking sheets are hot, place three of pitas on each, return to the oven, and bake until the bread is puffed up (about 5 or 6 minutes). The pita will be barely browned. A pocket will form in the bread as the dough puffs up during the baking process.
  • Cool the bread on a wire rack before serving.
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