Hi Everyone! So what seemed like the beginnings of spring turned into more snow and cold weather… this winter just seems to linger on and on! Although I’m more than ready for it to be spring already, all these long months of cold winter have meant a lot of baking around here! I love working with yeast, because it’s almost like magic… all you need is some water, flour and seasoning, and those simple ingredients can be turned into so many different kinds of soft, fluffy bread goodness! I wanted to share this pita bread recipe with you because it was so simple and so good, and not too time-consuming or complicated. Here’s how to make the pita bread…
HOMEMADE PITA BREAD
(Recipe from Williams-Sonoma)
YOU WILL NEED
3 1/2 – 4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbs dry yeast
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
A pinch of sugar
2 tbs olive oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
1. In a small bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and 1/2 cup of warm water. Cover and let sit for about 10 minutes, until the mixture is frothy.
2. Meanwhile, in your electric mixer bowl, combine about 1 cup of flour, the olive oil, salt and the rest of the water. Mix just to get everything combined, then add in the yeast mixture and the rest of the flour (add in the flour in 2 or 3 portions, you may not need the full 4 cups, add enough for a soft dough to form, that’s not sticking to the sides of the bowl). Using the dough hook attachment, knead the dough for a couple of minutes, then form it into a ball, place it in a greased bowl, cover and let it rise in a warm spot for about an hour, or until it has doubled in size.
3. Preheat your oven to 450 deg F and move an oven rack to the bottom part of your oven. Place a pizza stone on it as soon as you start preheating your oven. Take out your dough and divide it into 10 equal pieces, making each into a ball. Roll each piece into a 6 inch round (diameter). Place the rolled out pita rounds onto a floured kitchen towel, and cover then with another kitchen towel for about 10 minutes, while your oven is still preheating. Place a baking sheet on the pizza stone and let it warm up for a couple of minutes. Once the oven is preheated, brush the baking sheet with some olive oil and place your pita rounds on it to bake (you will need to bake them in several batches). Bake for 6 – 7 minutes, until they are puffed up and just beginning to brown a little bit. Place them on a plate or wooden board and cover with a kitchen towel to keep warm before serving!
Happy Baking, Everyone!