Homemade Pita Bread
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp dry active yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • drizzle of olive oil
  1. In a small bowl, warm the water to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit (just above body temperature). Add the yeast to the water and let sit for about 5 minutes.
  2. Pour the yeast and water into the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attached. Slowly add the flour, salt, and olive oil while kneading the dough. The dough should be tacky, so you may not need 3 full cups of flour. It's better to have too little flour than too much (you can always add more later). Knead the dough in the mixer until it is smooth, about 5 minutes. Brush a little olive oil over the dough, cover with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel. Let rise for an hour or until it has doubled in size.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured working surface. Cut the dough into 6-8 pieces. Using a rolling pin, flatten each piece into a circle about ¼ inch thick. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky.
  4. Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Drizzle a little olive oil into the skillet before adding the disks of dough. Cook the pita for about 30 seconds or until bubbles start to form. Flip the dough over and cook for about a minute, until lightly browned. Flip the dough back over and cook for another minute, until the pita puffs up. Remove from heat and cover with a clean dish towel. Repeat with remaining pieces of dough.
You can also bake the pita bread. Just preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for about 3 to 4 minutes. The pita will be ready when it has puffed up completely.
Recipe by That Oven Feelin' at http://thatovenfeelin.com/gyros/