After years of purchasing pita bread from the store, we decided to try making it ourselves. We discovered that not only is it easy to make, it is also much more tasty when it is fresh out of the oven.
Fresh pita is delicious by itself, but also works well when slathered with our Cool and Tangy Tzatziki or stuffed with our Delicious Grilled Chicken Souvlaki. Pita is by definition a flatbread; it is made with flour, water and salt, and has a pocket in between the layers.
We previously blogged about our love for the Great British Bake Off. This weekend, we finished bingeing on season 6, and in episode 5 “Alternative Ingredients,” the bakers made gluten-free pitta bread using psyllium powder and nigella seeds. We recognized psyllium from that well known powder that keeps you regular, Metamucil. We had never heard of nigella seeds. Apparently, they are also know as “black cumin”- sounds good; we love cumin!
So if you are looking for a gluten-free version of pita, Paul Hollywood’s version seems like a beautiful option. It looks pleasantly hearty!
The first step to creating perfect pita is to mix some water and sugar.
Add yeast and 70 grams all purpose flour, mix. Let sit 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, the mixture will be frothy. Add salt, olive oil, and the remaining flour.
Mix until shaggy ball is formed, then mix two minutes. The dough will look like the photo below. If dough is too wet, add more flour. Let rest 10 minutes.
After ten minutes, the dough will have risen slightly. Mix for another two minutes.
Put dough into large mixing bowl that has been oiled and cover with oiled plastic wrap.
Let dough double in size, about 45 minutes to an hour.
Punch down and portion into 8 balls. Cover with tea towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
Balls will have risen slightly.
Keep dough balls covered as you work so they won’t dry out.
Work one ball at a time.
Roll out to 1/8 inch thickness.
Carefully place dough onto preheated baking sheet.
Bake for two minutes, bread will be puffed up. Flip.
and cook 1 minute more.
A perfect pile of pita!