Kitchen Basics | Quick Pita bread
This accidently happened when I was testing a recipe to make wraps. I ended up making pita bread. Don’t ask me how I got from wrap, to bread. These things happen a lot in my kitchen. Nine out of ten times I do have plans (really, I swear!). Although I get sidetracked a lot. But these pitas turned out better than I expected.
So, I introduce you to my super quick pita bread. It is easy to make and best of all, it just takes 30 minutes. This is bread doesn’t contain yeast, so it is suitable for people who are having a sensitivity to yeast. And believe me, if I say that, homemade pita’s are tasting so much better and healthier that the one you buy in stores ;). In the comfort of your own home, you can decide what kind of ingredients you use. I’ve chosen to use whole wheat flour for these little pocket breads, but you can also replace that with plain or 50/50. If you use self-raising flour, leave out the baking powder. With no further ordeal, let’s get baking!
PS: Double up the volumes if you want to make a bigger batch
PSS: Made too much? Pop them in the freezer!
Basic Pita bread
makes 5 – 6 pieces
1 cup | 250 gr whole wheat flour (or plain)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt (add to taste)
2 tbsp coconut oil or rapeseed oil
1 cup | 200 ml water
In a big bowl sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and the salt. Add in the oil and give it a little stir with a fork. Now slowly add the water, and keep stirring with the fork till everything is combined enough to go in with your hands. Knead till you have a nice, soft, stretchy dough. Make a small ball and let it rest for 10 – 15 min.
Rol out the dough a little bit and divide the though in little balls of 75 gr.
Sprinkle a small amount of flour on your work surface and flatten your little balls with the palm of your hand, forming a flat round pita bread about 1,5 cm (0.6 inches) thick. Repeat with the other pieces of dough. (Once you get the hang of it, you can be cooking one pita while shaping the others)
Heat a medium size skillet over high heat. When the pan is hot put your pita bread in. After a minute or 3 till 4 minutes, you will see that the bottom has little golden brown spots. Flip them over to cook for another 3 minutes. When both sides have golden brown spots and you see that they have puffed a little bit, take them out and let them cool down.
Cut them open from the sides and stuff them with up with your favorite ingredients.