Sunday, October 17, 2010

Recipe: Pita Bread

If you have ever had fresh homemade pita bread, you will never again buy those hard dry pitas from the store.  My family LOVES pita that is fresh and out of the oven.  I make a double batch because most of the time, my kids have one after it cools for a few minutes.  What makes this recipe awesome is that it is started in the bread maker.

You must give this recipe a try.  It is fast, easy and so delicious!

Pita Bread

1 1/8 cups warm water
1 tbsp oil
3 cups AP flour
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsps sugar
1 1/2 tsps yeast

Place all ingredients in the pan of your bread machine.  Select the dough setting.  Once the cycle is complete, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.  Gently roll and stretch the dough into a 12 inch rope.  With a sharp knife, divide the dough into 8 pieces.  Roll each piece into a smooth ball.  With a rolling pin, roll each ball into a 6 or 7 inch circle.  Set aside on a lightly floured surface.  Cover with a towel and let rise at least 30 minutes or until they are slightly puffy.  Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.  Place 2 or 3 pitas on a wire cooling rack.  Place rack directly on the oven rack.  Bake pitas 4 to 5 minutes or until puffed and tops are just beginning to brown.  Remove from oven and immediately place pitas in a sealed brown paper bag or cover them with a damp towel until soft.  Continue process until all pitas have been cooked.  Once pitas have softened, you may cut them in halves or just the tops.

The pitas can be stored in a storage bag and refrigerated for several days or in the freezer for 1 to 2 months.

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1 comment:

  1. How delicious! Would love to try your recipe!

    Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!