Homemade Pita Bread
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Serves: 8 pitas
 
Ingredients
  • 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour (plus an optional additional ¼ cup as needed)
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for bowl and pan
  • 2 teaspoons salt
Instructions
  1. In your stand mixer, combine the yeast, water, and one cup of the flour together. Mix everything together until thoroughly combined. Let it sit and rise for 20 minutes. This creates a quick sponge.
  2. Add the oil, salt, and white whole wheat flour to your sponge. Knead on low with your dough hook until a dough forms. If the dough seems very stick, add the ¼ cup flour one tablespoon at a time. Knead for about 6 minutes more.
  3. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and form the dough into a ball. Lightly coat the mixing bowl with a layer of oil and place the dough back in the bowl, then cover with plastic wrap. Allow it to rise for about 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours.
  4. Lightly punch down the dough and turn onto a floured surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, then allow it to rise for about another 30 minutes. Flatten out each ball until it is about 5 - 6 inches in diameter and allow it to rest for about 10 minutes.
  5. Lightly coat a cast iron skillet with oil and heat on medium. Cook one pita at a time by heating one side for 2 - 3 minutes, then cooking on the other side for about 1 -2 minutes. Flip one last time and cook for another 30 seconds. The pita should blister, puff, and form brown spots. Allow the bread to cool on a plate lined with a clean white tea towel
Recipe by A Cookie Named Desire at http://cookienameddesire.com/homemade-pita-bread/