Pita’s have been all the rage at our house since i was a little girl… the best part is to watch them rising in the oven…everyone has always thought it just the best thing since, since….well, just since!- when the pita’s rise from a very flat rolled-out-round shape, to a puffed-up tasty bread that they can fill with veggies and dip, or just eat plain. Even the simple everyday things in life can be enjoyed by making them seem special. 😉
- 1 cup Water
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 3 cups unbleached white bread Flour, – plus extra for sprinkling
- 1 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. Sugar (or you can use a small spoonful of honey)
- 1 tsp. rapid-rise active dry Yeast
Directions: Start by pouring the water and oil in the bread-machine [or if not using a machine- place in a bowl large enough to work with]. Next sprinkle the yeast on-top. Pour the flour in and then add the sugar and salt in on different sides of the bowl. At this point you will either turn-on the machine (use the pizza setting if it has it other-wise use the basic one) to let it do the work for you, or you can gently start stirring the mixture with a spatula until you can use your hands to start the kneading process. When the dough cycle is finished [or the dough has become nicely incorporated and smooth like good dough should be;)] – place it on a lightly floured surface and punch down gently.
Divide the dough into 10-12 equal pieces, Shape each piece into a ball and then set aside, covered with an oiled plastic wrap for 10 minuets.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees , then place baking sheets (or if you happen to have one- use a baking stone) in the oven to heat.
Flatten each piece of dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick [no bigger than a medium sized adult’s hand]. Lightly sprinkle each pita with flour, then cover with the plastic wrap for another 10 minuets.
Place the pita’s in the oven and bake for 5-6 minuets, or until they are puffed up and have a light golden tint to them. [don’t forget to watch them puff up! it’s so cool!] Transfer pita’s to cooling racks and then be prepared to shoo people out of the kitchen until you are ready to serve them – they will disappear like lightening! 😉
Serve with humus, veggie’s and dip, or fill with grilled chicken and sauce….the options are endless so get creative!! 🙂
Happy Cooking and Bon Appétit!