Pita - an ancient bread

I love to make this bread, it’s fun, easy and you will never buy pita bread again after you have made it at home. Unlike the bread you buy in the store which bears a strong resemblance to cardboard, this is soft and pliable. You can actually put things in it or wrap it around things without it shattering. Pita is a very old type of bread and comes in various forms and sizes. Wikipedia has a huge amount of information on pita.

The recipe came to me via Ryan. One day he came home from school after having had home economics class (cooking) and was most pleased with himself. “Look what I made Mum!” as he came in the door. He pulled out a tiny piece of pita, since he’d eaten most of it and dangled it up in front of me and asked me if he could make more.

He proceeded to make a batch and I was completely shocked at the delicious bread that my 12 year old son brought out of the kitchen. It was actually good! So, thank you home economics teacher.

Pita

  • 2 tspns yeast
  • 2 tspns sugar
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 2 Tblspns olive oil
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 3 cups of flour (white, wholewheat or a combination)

Measure the first 5 ingredients into a large bowl with one cup of the flour. Mix together and leave in a warm place for 10 minutes

Stir in remaining flour - knead for 10 minutes on a floured surface

Return dough to the bowl and leave in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes

Preheat the oven to the highest temperature on fan bake and place a tray in the oven to preheat as well.

Cut the dough into 10 even pieces then roll into circles on a well floured board. The dough should be thin.

Cook the circles one at a time on the hot tray.

The pita will puff up then collapse slightly - the bread is usually done at this point - it will be slightly golden around the edges and on the bottom, normally it is still pale on the top. This is quick - it only takes 1-2 minutes for each pita - so watch them.

Eat as soon as possible with your choice of fillings. You will find you can split it through the centre making a pocket, it’s also pliable enough to use as a wrap. We usually eat ours with home made hummus, coleslaw and falafel.