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May 10, 2007

Pita bread recipe

Here is my pita bread recipe. It took about 4 or 5 attempts to get it right so don't give up. It is different from making other yeast breads so be sure to follow the recipe until you understand how it works. The pita can turn out very tough if too much flour is added or if it is kneaded very long.


Wheat Pita

3 1/2 cups of bread flour (2 cups wheat, 1 1/2 cups white)
1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon yeast or 1-2 packets
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
1/2 to 1 1/4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
1/3 cup flaxseed meal (optional)
Dissolve yeast in water, can add the sugar to help yeast start working
Add (3 cups) flour and salt
Knead, adding remaining 1/2 cup of flour if needed, for about 2 minutes maximum - more sticky is better
Let rise 1 hour
Shape into 8 balls, Roll out with pin, let rise 10-15 minutes maximum.
Preheat oven, with pan or stone in it, to 500 degrees then bake for 4 minutes

Makes 8

Posted by ewilson at May 10, 2007 11:57 AM

Comments

This weekend I made a slightly different version of my pita recipe and liked it even better. I increased the whole wheat flour to 3 cups and reduce the white flour to 1/2 cup. I also added 1/3 cup flaxseed meal. If you haven't used flaxseed meal before, then you should be aware to keep it in the freezer so it doesn't become rancid. It seems to become rancid very quickly and then tastes bitter. Warm it to room temperature before adding to the dough.

Posted by: ewilson at June 6, 2007 03:35 PM

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