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Homemade pita bread

September 30, 2010

So this was meant to be homemade pita bread, but it didn’t puff up like these. Apparently there’s no particular secret for puffing them up, luck?

I cooked them in a pizza cooker. What’s a pizza cooker you say? It’s one of these. But cooking pita bread in it is really just a thinly veiled attempt to find something other than pizza to cook in the pizza cooker (thus justifying the kitchen storage dedicated to it). But the fresh pita bread is wonderful, especially hot with homemade humus.

You’ll need

  • 2 tsps of dried yeast (mixed in 1/2 a cup of warm water with a tsp of sugar)
  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of water

To cook

Allow the yeast mix to sit until it fizzes slightly. Next, mix the flour and salt, then add the water and yeast mix. Bring the mixture together by stirring until it forms a sticky dough. To finish it off, turn it out on a bench top with some flour and need until it’s smooth but still sticky. Cover the bowl and leave in a warm place for an hour or until the dough has doubled in size. Cut the dough into 8-10 pieces, roll each of them out and throw on a hot pizza stone in the over/pizza cooker (if you have one).

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2010 8:32 pm

    oh, damn, you should have emailed me. There is a trick or two you can use. Looking at yours, I would say you didn’t roll them thin enough – they do actually need to be quite thin to ‘pillow’ properly. I’ll send you some pictures if you like. The only other consistent requirement is a really, really hot bake – around 250C. But I have an inkling that they also need a bit of air convection, so this might also be the problem you have with the pizza cooker – not enough of a ‘dome’. That’s just a guess, though.

    Anyway, regardless of puffiness, they look delicious.

  2. October 1, 2010 11:34 pm

    yum – that is something I have always wanted to make! Have you read Jeffrey Steingarten writing about the heat you cook a pizza at – very funny article!

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