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Making Pita

We’re not huge sandwich eaters around here but sometimes sandwiches are just so convenient, like when we’re traveling. So I’ve been trying to perfect the art of pita making…it is an art you know.

And I *think* I’ve come up with a recipe and have discovered the “secret” to making pita puff up.

secret to pita puffing

 I’m going to tell you the secret first….a super duper hot oven. No baking at 325 degrees like you do for loaf bread or even 400 like you do for biscuits. Nope, you need your oven to be a hot 500 degrees.

The recipe is just as simple

Ingredients

6 cups whole wheat flour (I use freshly ground hard white wheat)
1 Tbsp yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt ( I like real salt but you can use sea salt or whatever you like)
4 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups warm water

How to Make Pita

I like to use my stand mixer but you can also do this by hand. Put flour, yeast and salt in bowl and stir. Add in honey, oil and water. Mix well. Knead for about 4-5 minutes.

If you did this by hand put the dough back into the bowl and cover. Let rise for about an hour. It will rise some but probably won’t double, that’s ok.

After the hour is up, take dough out of bowl , put it on a clean surface like a cutting  board and knead if for another minute  (I do this by hand).

Cut dough in half and then cut each half into 8 pieces.

Heat oven to 500 degrees. Roll each piece into a circle about 6″ in diameter (don’t worry to much about getting them looking “just right”). Put the rolled out circles on a lightly oiled baking sheet or well seasoned baking stone. Let them rise while the oven finishes heating to 500 degrees.

Bake for 5-8 minutes, just until puffed and lightly browned. Don’t worry if they don’t all puff up the same. My oven doesn’t heat evenly so I always have 2 that don’t puff. I just open it up with a knife.

Let cool and then cut with a bread knife. Stuff with your favorite ingredients.

Enjoy! 

Yield: 16

Homemade Pita

secret to pita puffing

This homemade pita is easy to make and much faster than making a loaf of bread. This recipe uses freshly ground whole wheat but white flour can also be used.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 23 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 cups whole wheat flour (I use freshly ground hard white wheat)
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt ( I like real salt but you can use sea salt or whatever you like)
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups warm water

Instructions

Use a stand mixer or mix and knead by hand.

Put flour, yeast and salt in bowl and stir. Add in honey, oil and water. Mix well. Knead for about 4-5 minutes.

If you did this by hand put the dough back into the bowl and cover. Let rise for about an hour. It will rise some but probably won’t double, that’s ok.

After the hour is up, take dough out of bowl , put it on a clean surface like a cutting  board and knead if for another minute.

Cut dough in half and then cut each half into 8 pieces.

Heat oven to 500 degrees. Roll each piece into a circle about 6″ in diameter.

Put the rolled out circles on a lightly oiled baking sheet or well seasoned baking stone.

Let them rise while the oven finishes heating to 500 degrees.

Bake for 5-8 minutes, just until puffed and lightly browned.

Let cool and then cut with a bread knife. Stuff with your favorite ingredients.

Did you make this recipe?

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Thanks for sharing with your friends!

Anna @ NorthernHomestead

Wednesday 16th of April 2014

This looks so yummy! I was looking for a great recipe to have ready for taking out lunches, this seams to be just right. Thank you and pinning ;)

Angi Schneider

Thursday 17th of April 2014

Hope you enjoy!

Merri

Wednesday 16th of April 2014

I just love your beautiful loving way of doing things. Loved the BEE post and really admire your son there. And these look so wonderful and easy too. I am going ot try them soon..Thank you so much for this website and sharing all your wonderful ideas. It is so refreshing to see folks loving life and living it.!--Merri

Angi Schneider

Thursday 17th of April 2014

Merri, thanks so much for your kind words. They really made my day!

Sarah Auzina

Wednesday 16th of April 2014

Oh my goodness! I can't wait to make these, with some home made falafel! Yum! Thanks for the recipe, I'll be sure to let you know if mine all poof! I'll be cooking them on the pizza stone I think. :)

Angi Schneider

Thursday 17th of April 2014

I really need to get a pizza stone. The two I've had previously have been dropped and broken. I bet they would bake great on a stone. Let me know how they turn out.

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