All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2012
This was easy because I made the dough in my bread machine. It can certainly be kneaded by hand & left to rise – but this is a bread machine version. They cost about $100 on Ebay & if you make pizza & other bread-based things very often – a bread machine is well worth the investment.
Simple Homemade Pita Bread
make 8 little pitas
Pre-heat the oven to 500 degrees. Place a cookie sheet or pizza stone in the oven while it heats.
2 1/2 cups flour – with extra for kneading
1 cup warm water
2 tsp active yeast
2 tsp salt
1 tsp olive oil
Place the ingredients in the bread machine & put it through the mix, knead & rise process….or do it manually. Manually – in a large bowl, put the yeast in the warm water & stir until dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients & work into a sticky dough. Transfer to a floured surface & knead the dough for 5 or 10 minutes – adding flour as required – until you have a smooth workable dough. Put the dough in a clean bowl that is either swiped with olive oil or floured & drape with a damp kitchen towel. Allow it to rise for at least an hour.
When you are ready to bake your pita – on a floured surface – knead your dough gently & divide into eight equal sections. Roll each out to disk about 7-8 inches across and about 1/4 inch thick.
I baked mine two at a time on a large cookie sheet that was red hot in the 500 degree oven. I took the cookie sheet out, Palmed two pitas & flopped them onto the hot cookie sheet. I then took a spray bottle & spritzed them lightly with tap water – and put them in the oven. They do not need to be turned over in the oven. Some puffed up – some did not. Do not over cook them or you end up with a mini pizza crust!
They cook up quickly – 3-4 minutes. Remove from the oven & serve with some homemade hummus!