Pita bread is a round, flat bread that is widely consumed in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. It is also known as Arabic bread, Syrian bread, or Lebanese bread, depending on the region.
Pita bread is made with simple ingredients such as flour, water, salt, and yeast. The dough is typically rolled out into thin, flat circles and then baked at a high temperature until it puffs up and forms a pocket in the center. The pockets can be filled with a variety of ingredients, such as hummus, falafel, or shawarma, making pita bread a versatile staple in many cuisines.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 1/4 cups warm water
2 tbsp olive oil
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar. Mix well.
- In a separate small bowl, mix the active dry yeast and warm water. Stir until the yeast dissolves.
- Add the yeast mixture and olive oil to the dry ingredients. Mix everything together until it forms a dough.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5-7 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic.
- Put the dough back in the mixing bowl and cover it with a damp cloth. Let it rise in a warm place for about an hour or until it doubles in size.
- Preheat your oven to 475°F (245°C) and put a baking sheet inside to heat up.
- Divide the dough into 8-10 equal parts, and roll each piece into a ball.
- On a floured surface, roll each ball into a circle about 6-7 inches in diameter and 1/4 inch thick.
- Place the rolled-out circles on the preheated baking sheet and bake for about 5-6 minutes, until they puff up and the surface becomes lightly browned.
- Take the pita bread out of the oven and cover them with a clean towel to keep them soft.