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Pita Bread

Ingredients

  • 5 cups wheat flour (Polish type 550)
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, or a stand mixer bowl, using a whisk mix water, two tablespoons of flour, sugar, and yeast together.

  2. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and let it sit on the kitchen counter for 20-25 minutes.

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  3. After the starting mixture rests, add the remaining flour and salt.

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  4. Knead the dough using your hands or a stand mixer equipped with a hook until the dough starts pealing off the walls of the bowl.

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  5. Once the dough starts becoming elastic and peals off the walls of the bowl, add olive oil.

  6. Continue kneading the dough for about 5 - 7 minutes, or until the oil is well absorbed into the dough.

  7. Let the dough rest on the kitchen counter for about one hour and a half, covered with a plastic wrap.

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  8. Once rested, divide the dough into 6 or 8 smaller balls.

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  9. If you have pizza stone for your oven, prepare two or three sheets of parchment paper, about 18" x 12" (46 cm x 30 cm) in size, and place them on your kitchen counter, or a flat surface.

    This is for placing your rolled out pita breads. If you don't have pizza stone, use baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

  10. Using a pin roller, roll each ball into a flat and thin circle and then lay each one on the parchment paper sheet.

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  11. Preheat the oven to 450° - 475° Fahrenheit or 235° - 250° Celsius.

  12. Let your pitas rest for 30 - 45 minutes, covered with a clean dish cloth.

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  13. Once the pitas had a chance to rest and "puff out", using a pizza peel, gently transfer them to the preheated oven. Place them directly on the pizza stone along with the parchment paper. If you don't have a pizza stone, use baking sheets instead.

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  14. Bake for 3-4 minutes. Then, using tongs, flip the pita breads to the other side, and bake for additional 2 minutes.

  15. Remove the baked pita breads from the oven, wrap them in a clean dish cloth and place them in a bread basket to cool off for 10 - 15 minutes. By covering them and trapping the heat, the pita bread will remain soft and easy to tear. If you don't cover your freshly baked pitas, they might become a bit crunchy. Either way, they're delicious!

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