How to Make Pita Bread from Scratch
It is not so hard to make pita bread from scratch. If it is impossible for you to resist a delicious kebab with pita bread, if you have always wished there was a way for you to prepare this tasty snack in your own kitchen, this article on how to make pita bread from scratch is for you. Read on to find out how to make pita bread from scratch, pita bread is perfect for making sandwiches, kebabs or for dipping in hummus. Immerse yourself in Syrian or Turkish culture while learning how to make this fluffy, multipurpose bread: learn how to make pita bread from scratch!
The first step to make pita bread from scratch is to preheat the oven to 250°C (480°F).
You should know that, alternatively to making pita bread from scratch in the oven, you can make it on the stove too. That is just more time consuming.
Next, mix the sugar, yeast and a bit of lukewarm water in a bowl and let it sit for approximately 5 minutes. The yeast should start to get creamy. Be careful because If the yeast does not get creamy, it might be that you have inactive yeast or you may have killed it by using water that is too hot. Yeast is a very important element for making pita bread from scratch.
Then, put the flour in a separate bowl, make a well in the top and add the mixture of salt, oil and the rest of the water.
When all of the ingredients are mixed together, knead it vigorously until you form a dough. Next, place the dough on a floured surface, kneading it until the dough is thin and elastic. Here you have the dough of your pita bread from scratch.
Now, put the pita bread dough in a bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, place it in a warm, draft-free place and let it rise for 2 hours, until it has doubled in size. After 2 hours have passed, punch the dough with your hand to force out any air bubbles that have been trapped inside.
Divide the pita bread dough into 12 equally shaped balls. Then, using a rolling pin, roll out each ball into a circle of approximately 5 mm thick. You are almost there, you have almost made your pita bread from scratch.
To finish, put the pita bread dough on baking sheets with a bit of oil and place them in a preheated oven. Let them bake for about 10 minutes until you see them start to brown, then take them out of the oven and let cool for 10 or 15 minutes.
Tip: it might happen that your pita bread does not puff. That usually means that the oven or pan was not hot enough. Even if your homemade pita bread does not puff, you can still use it as a nice homemade roll.
It's ready! You have made pita bread from scratch and you are now ready to enjoy home-made pita bread.
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