Pita Bread

The pita bread at our local grocery store is pathetic. Sometimes they have a very good Nan bread, but it is ridiculously expensive… so why not make your own, much better pita.

Ingredients for 8 Pitas
Sponge mix:
2 1/4 tsp dry instant yeast
1 cup warm water (about 90-100 degrees F)
1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour

The rest:
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1 3/4 to 2 cups all-purpose flour (220-250g)

1. In a 3qt. or larger mixing bowl, whisk together sponge mix ingredients and let sit for a few minutes.

2. Add oil, salt, and 220g flour and mix.

3. If necessary add additional flour until a soft, slightly sticky dough forms and then knead for 5-6 minutes (I use a stand mixer with a dough hook, but you can do this by hand if you prefer).

4. Cover and let rise in a warm spot about 2 hours, or until doubled in size.

5. Form 8 small, round balls, cover with plastic and let rise 30 minutes. Balls should then be smooth, light, and airy.

6. Roll out, cover, and let rest 5 minutes.

7. Heat on lightly oiled griddle or cast iron skillet at 375-400°F about 3-4 minutes or until very lightly browned, then flip and heat for another 3-4 minutes. Feel free to continue to flip until you get the color of your choice.