Pita bread, also called “Lebanese bread”, “Greek bread” or “Turkish bread”, refers to a thin round shaped bread native to the Middle East and commonly eaten in Southeast Europe and the Middle East.
The term “pita” is probably derived from ancient Greek pēktos, which means “solid” or “coagulated, lumps”.
This bread is served as an accompaniment to catch food, or used for sandwichs (kebab, gyros, falafel,…).
|Level of difficulty : easy|
|Prep time : 25 min|
|Rest time : 2 h|
|Cook time : 15 min|
|Total time : 40 min + 2 h (rest)|
|Yield : 6 servings|
|1.5 cup warm water|
|4 cups flour|
|1/2 tbsp dry yeast|
|1 tsp salt|
|1 tsp sugar|
- In a bowl, add the yeast, sugar and water and mix to dissolve the yeast.
- Let stand 5 to 10 min until the yeast foams.
- Add the flour and salt and mix with a mixer hook or with your hands for about 10 min until obtaining an elastic and a little sticky ball.
- Coat the dough with olive oil, place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel.
- Let stand in a warm place until doubled in size.
- Take the dough out of the bowl and gently deflate with your hands with a little flour.
- Divide into evenly sized balls of about 1/2 cup.
- Stretch the balls with your hands or a rolling pin until they form 8 inch discs.
- Press with your fingertips or use a fork to poke holes in the top.
- Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and add a little olive oil.
- Fry each pita bread for about 3 min on each side until lightly colored and still soft.
- To keep moisture inside the pan, place the lid on while cooking.
- Lightly press the pita bread with a wooden spoon on the pan to give it color.
- Take out and let cool on absorbent paper.
- Serve and enjoy !