Thursday, May 9, 2013

pita bread in a pan!

the last time i tried making pitas i made them in the oven and they were good but crunchy and went hard when they cooled down. so i kept looking for another way to bake them (i would have NEVER thought about baking them in a pan). and was very happy when chef john from (i am following him on youtube for a while now) posted his version of pita bread. 

it is an easy recipe and the pitas are soft and even more tasty then the ones i used to get from the falafel guy around the corner. also they stay amazing without getting hard or stale. in fact they are so amazing that we usually eat all of them on the same day. so i cant really tell you how they do after several days.

at first you will need:
  • 2 1/4 tsp of active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 3/4 to 2 cups all-purpose flour (depending on how sticky your dough is.
  1. add the yeast, the warm water (not too warm, test with your finger: if you can stand the heat - the yeast can) and one cup of flour. then mix it until well combined and let it sit for about 20 min or until it is bubbly.
  2. after about 15-20 min add the salt and olive oil and mix again. now start adding the flour a bit at a time until your dough is slightly sticky but soft and workable dough.
  3. i kneaded it for about 6 min on a lightly floured work surface (you can also use mixer)
  4. now oil your bowl and turn the dough inside to coat it in olive oil. 
  5. cover the bowl and let the dough double in size (this took mine about 2 hours)
  6. take the dough out of the bowl onto a lightly floured surface and pat it down into a rectangular shape. this allows you to cut it evenly into 8 small pieces.
  7. form 8 small balls by folding the sides of the dough in underneath, cover them again and let them sit for about 30 min.
  8. now roll them out one by one and let them sit for 5 more minutes. remember that you will fry them in a pan one by one so while you are grilling the first one the others can rise.
  9. heat a pan with some olive oil and start grilling your pitas. they will take about 2-3 min on each side. don't worry they will poof and for that pocket all by themself =) 
i also tried making these pitas in the oven but they got crunchy as well -  so the pan it is!
do you have a good pita recipe?


Terry and Linda said...

Cool! Those look ever so much better than the ones in our market here. Have you ever tried making them gluten free?


Katha said...

hi linda, no i never tried, but i dont see any reason why that should not work. you could try asking chef john from he answeres all the questions he can. maybe he tried it once?