Pita bread is quick and easy to make, using a bread machine to make the dough and preheating the oven before the machine finishes the dough cycle. Reportedly, pita bread gets stale quickly. We never have leftovers to test the validity of this, though.
With this recipe, you can have fresh pita on the table in just over two hours. (Assuming 1.5 hours in the machine's dough cycle.)
- 1 1/8 cup water (9 oz.)
- 1 Tablespoon oil
- 1.5 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups flour
(I have successfully substituted whole wheat flour 1:1 for part and for all of the flour)
- 1.5 Tablespoons yeast
- Place ingredients in bread machine, set to 'dough' cycle.
- Heat oven to 500 degrees F.
- When dough is made, roll it into a rope.
- Divide the dough-rope into 8 parts.
- Roll each part into a smooth ball with your hands.
- Using a rolling pin, roll each ball into a circle/disc, 6"-7" in diameter.
- Let rise 30 minutes.
- Bake the discs for 4-5 minutes on the middle rack of the 500 degree oven. (They'll puff up)
- Remove the baked disks promptly and place them directly in the paper bag pr cover with a towel. (This step keeps the steaming process going, so they'll cook completely.)
- Eat soon after they're done. They taste best when still warm from the oven.