Pita Bread Recipe
1 package of yeast, instant or quick rising is fine
1/2 cup warm water
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup lukewarm water,make sure the water is not too hot and kills the yeast!
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Let sit for 10-15 minutes until water is frothy.
Combine flour and salt in large bowl.
Make a small depression in the middle of flour and pour yeast water in depression.
Slowly add 1 cup of warm water, and stir with wooden spoon until elastic.
Place dough on floured surface and knead for 10-15 minutes. When the dough is no longer sticky and is smooth and elastic, it is ready.
Coat large bowl with vegetable oil and place dough in bowl. Turn dough upside down so all of the dough is coated.
Allow to sit in a warm place for about 3 hours, or until it has doubled in size.
Once doubled, roll out in a rope, and pinch off 10-12 small pieces.(I did 8) Place balls on floured surface..
Place balls on floured surface..
Let sit covered for 10 minutes.
Roll out each ball of dough with a rolling pin into circles. Each should be about 5-6 inches across and 1/4 inch thick.
N.B. Spritz each circle with a bit of water,which would make them pouf up beautifully.
Bake each circle on a pre- heated baking tray smeared with olive oil for 3 minutes until the bread puffs up. .
Because my circles were a little bigger than normal,I baked each one individually,which sounds like a lot of trouble but really wasn't as 3 minutes go by quickly and the results were SO worth the effort!
When you take these babies out of the oven...for the love of all that is Holy,do NOT stack them on top of each other.... Instead,be clever and put them on cooling racks covered with a cloth.
We cut ours in halves and filled it with a tuna mayonnaise filling with lots of lettuce...yum,mmm